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Landlord fined over £9,000 for poor housing conditions at rented property

News release from 17 June 2021

CAMBRIDGE City Council has successfully prosecuted a landlord for failure to make improvements to his tenanted property at Perne Road, including failing to install a fire detection and alarm system. 

Following an investigation by Cambridge City Council, it was determined that the landlord, Mr Paul Sanderson of Mowbray Road, had failed to comply with an Improvement Notice that had been served on him in December 2016 regarding the poor housing conditions at Perne Road. 

The case was heard at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on 19 May 2021. Mr Sanderson attended court and pleaded guilty to four offences contained within the Improvement Notice which required him to install a fire detection and alarm system, to provide and install an adequate heating system, to repair broken glazing and to remedy the penetrating damp that was affecting the property.   

Mr Sanderson failed to comply with numerous requests by the council to carry out the works putting the health and safety of his tenants at risk due to the inadequate fire precautions and from excessive cold, damp and mould at the property. 

Mr Sanderson was fined £4,000 with costs of £5,000 and a victim surcharge of £190. 

Cllr Mike Todd-Jones, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: “The majority of landlords in Cambridge offer good quality accommodation and comply with the law. This successful prosecution will set an example to the small minority of landlords and property agents who break the law, put their tenants at risk and who take advantage of vulnerable people for financial gain.” 

“Adequate housing conditions are important to protect the health and safety of occupiers of rented accommodation. There is no room in Cambridge for ‘slum landlords’ and we will continue our work and take necessary enforcement action where landlords or property managers operate in this manner and fail to comply with the law.” 

If any Cambridge resident has concerns about the conditions in a rented home in the city, they can contact the council’s Residential Team, Environmental Services at residential.eh@cambridge.gov.uk or by calling 01223 457900.