Crackdown over rogue landlords

ROGUE landlords in Sutton have been targeted in a day of action by Ashfield District Council - with dangerous properties closed.

Several Prohibition Orders were served after the crackdown by the Council’s Private Sector Enforcement Team on St Michael’s Street.

Fifteen officers with the Council’s Private Sector Enforcement Officers inspecting properties suspected of being in a dangerous condition.

These inspections resulted in:

l A Prohibition Order under Housing Act 2004 Section 20 & S21 served on a single family dwelling due to serious risk of fire and electrocution, as well as concerns relating to domestic hygiene and personal hygiene and structural collapse.

l A further inspection in a converted house in multiple occupation by vulnerable and drug dependant people was subject to an Emergency Prohibition Order under Housing Act Section 43. The property was then immediately closed, due to significant fire risks and entry by intruder concerns and is now empty and secure, all tenants have been relocated to other properties.

l A further inspection in a property with unsuitable conditions and heavily overcrowded.

The Ashfield District Council Street Cleaning team and a Community Protection Officer were also out on the day.

The enforcement team works around privately rented and privately owned empty properties, ensuring that landlords maintain their duty to meet health and safety requirements and that properties are well maintained and in good order.

Over the past 14 months the team, in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police, has carried out direct action in Stanton Hill and Sutton to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Bill Buckley, Head of Service at Ashfield District Council, said: “The Council will continue to work with the landlords of these properties to ensure they are compliant with the current legislation and reinstate the properties to a high standard. We are also committed to giving tenants full support and advice throughout the process.”