A landlord whose property was in such bad condition that it put his tenants at risk has been ordered to pay more than £2,500 by a magistrate.
Subramanlam Kathirgamanathan of Whippendell Road, Watford, was convicted at St Albans Magistrates Court yesterday (January 10) of failing to comply with an enforcement improvement notice issued by Hertsmere Borough Council under the Housing Act.
The order was issued after council officers inspected his property in Park Avenue, Bushey, and found serious defects including faulty electrics, no annual gas certificate and trip hazards such as uneven paving stones in the garden.
The three-bedroom property was being rented out to a mother, her adult daughter and two other children at the time.
At court, Kathirgamanathan said an electric and gas technician had visited the property, but substantial works were still required. The 62-year-old was fined just over £900 and ordered to pay a victims’ surcharge of £90, plus costs of £1,614.24 to the council.
Councillor Jean Heywood, portfolio holder for housing, said: “In general landlords are happy to work us to ensure they manage their properties according to the letter of the law, but there will always be a few rogue individuals who refuse to co-operate and in those cases, we will not hesitate to seek prosecution.
“In this case, Mr Kathirgamanathan’s actions meant his tenants, which included two children, were exposed to unnecessary harm by the lack of maintenance and repairs.”