A Yorkshire property company has been fined £20,000 for ignoring complaints from tenants and failing to carry out safety and fire safety improvements on a property.
An inspection was carried out following the complaints where they found the property lacked smoke and heat detectors, part of the ceiling had collapsed, no lighting in the hallway and windows and doors could not be open or locked properly putting residents at risk.
After assuring that the repairs would be carried out, on second inspection they found all repairs remained the same.
Legal notices were then served on the company which were also not complied with, and court proceedings issued. The company pleaded guilty to failing to comply with improvement notices served under the Housing Act 2004 and was consequently fined a total of £20,000, ordered to pay costs of £3,419.57, and a victim surcharge of £190.