Landlord fined for keeping property in poor state of repair

An Eastbourne landlord has been fined £3,300 after pleading guilty to eight charges of breaching housing regulations in a prosecution brought by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Eastbourne Magistrates Court heard that Alle Sabboth, 33, of Durston in Northampton, rented out a property in Hydney Street to four tenants who shared a bathroom and kitchen.

Following a complaint from one of the tenants, officers from Eastbourne Borough Council’s Private Housing Team carried out a series of inspections at the property.

They found that the property was in a poor state of repair, generally very poorly kept and with significant defects including a broken front door, broken electrical switches and a staircase with no floor covering or handrail.

Ms Sabboth admitted eight of the offences and two others were withdrawn. She told the court that she had originally rented out the whole property to a single tenant but had run out of money to repair the property after he failed to pay any rent. Subsequently, she converted it into a House in Multiple Occupation.

The court also ordered Ms Sabboth to pay the council’s costs of £1,250.

If you feel that there are issues in your property that your landlord has not satisfactorily addressed, contact Eastbourne Borough Council on 415351.