Landlord “forced” tenant to live in dangerous property

A landlord has been found guilty of ‘forcing’ a tenant to live in a dangerous property which had electrical faults, no fire alarms and insecure windows.

Officials from Bassetlaw Council found nearly 20 areas of concern at Susan Elizabeth Jubb’s property, declaring it too dangerous to live in.

Jubb has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling almost £6,500 after failing to comply with an improvement notice after an appearance at Mansfield County Court.

Jubb pleaded guilty and faces a fine of up to £2,666, as well as paying the council’s legal costs of £3,519.37 and a victim surcharge of £266, totalling £6,451.37.

Issues at the house include no fire alarms, fire damage to the rear of the building, no adequate fire escapes, concerns over the security of the property after the front door had been nailed shut, insecure windows, inadequate internal doors, electrical faults and loose cabling, missing floorboards, loose carpets on a steep staircase and concerns over the heating system and insulation of the property.

The property is now the subject of a prohibition order which means that Jubb cannot allow anyone to live there until all of the work has been completed to the satisfaction of housing officers.