A landlord has been ordered to pay £12,400 after breaching management regulations.
Beckhall Properties Ltd of Stockport have been fined a total of £11,000 for 11 separate offences. The company was also ordered to pay the city council’s costs of £1280, along with a victim of crime surcharge of £120.
Representatives of Beckhall Properties Ltd failed to appear at a Magistrates’ hearing and the case was proved, in their absence.
The company is required to meet management regulations for their building, which is converted in to self-contained flats, under Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) legislation. These regulations ensure that minimum safety standards are maintained including fire safety and gas safety.
In May of 2015 a tenant of a Whalley Range building owned by Beckhall Properties Ltd, complained to Manchester City Council about the poor condition of the premises.
When council officers arrived at the property to undertake an investigation they unearthed a number of management regulation breaches, including a defective fire alarm, faulty fire extinguishers and a fire door that did not meet regulations. The stairs of the property were also in a dangerous condition whilst there was no safety certificate for the building’s electrics.
The city council invited Beckhall Properties Ltd to an interview under caution in order to discuss the areas of concern, but they received no response.
Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council Councillor Bernard Priest has stated, “We take the issue of tenant safety extremely seriously and the size of the punishment shows the court shares our concern. Let this action send a message to any unscrupulous landlords – who may be considering neglecting their legal obligations – that we will not hesitate to prosecute”.