This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 18/04/2017.
Thornton Heath landlord fined over £6,000 for letting out ‘filthy’ home
A Thornton Heath landlord has been fined more than £6,000 and been told to pay an extra £1,500 in court costs by magistrates after she was caught leasing a neglected property which had become a fire hazard.
Croydon Council brought about the prosecution against Allison Aris, of Melfort Road, who was found to be letting out a shared house in Thornton Heath with “inadequate fire safety measures, a filthy kitchen and gardens dumped with rubbish”.
Aris appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday (April 11) where she pleaded guilty to four charges which related to housing offences.
Legislation says landlords are required to keep their properties safe and clean for tenants to live in, to prevent them from falling into disrepair, and to provide adequate rubbish disposal.
The 50-year-old also admitted one further offence of failing to respond to a council request for information.
Aris was fined £6,665 and ordered to pay the council’s full costs of £1,694 and a victim surcharge of £170.
The council says Aris has now carried out work to improve the standard of the accommodation and is seeking an agency to manage the house on her behalf.
Two of the men who lived there have left the property since the inspection.
Reacting to the conviction, Labour councillor Alison Butler, who is the deputy leader and cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, said: “Most landlords in Croydon make sure the homes they let out are safe, legal and in good condition, but this property was a potentially lethal fire hazard.
“This case underlines why we introduced our landlord licensing scheme in the first place, and we will continue to proactively inspect rented properties in Croydon and our priority remains to make sure private tenants live in good-quality housing.”