Landlord fined £2,750 for not repairing bedsits

Wealden district council offices, Hailsham SUS-141212-105606001
Wealden district council offices, Hailsham SUS-141212-105606001

A Hailsham landlord has been fined £2,750 for failing to carry out a series of repairs to a block of bedsits with shared facilities.

The landlord ignored repeated requests and a visit from Wealden District Council’s Private Housing Team.

Alan Filsell of London Road, Hailsham, 59, was also ordered by Eastbourne Magistrates to pay the council’s costs of £1,107 and a £120 victim surcharge.

The property, Gidleigh Lodge, London Road, Hailsham, is a mix of bedsits and separate flats, and when 
officers visited in April 2014
it was home for up to 20 people.

“The owner failed to provide adequate, safe bathroom fittings and manage repairs despite repeated assurances to the council that improvements would be carried out,” said Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing and Benefits.

“Under the 2004 Housing Act, the council has a duty and powers to deal with health and safety hazards in properties. It is important landlords take their responsibility seriously and maintain their properties in a safe and healthy condition. We work with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and other partner organisations to ensure that decent safe standards of housing are met in Wealden, and we will prosecute when breaches occur.”

“If private landlords are unsure of what the requirements are, our Private Housing Team will be only too pleased to help and they can visit our website www.wealden.gov.uk for more information.”

In this case, the Private Housing Team found leaky showers, broken toilet seats and trip hazards, all of which failed to meet the required accommodation standards.

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