Landlord David Green owns the worst letting property housing officers have seen in Birmingham for a decade.
Inspecting his four-storey shared house split into 10 flats, they recorded a catalogue of shameful breaches of fire, health and safety rules.
The home had broken and boarded up windows, tenants had no hot water or heating.
They saw smoke detectors hanging by wires from ceilings, blocked emergency exits and badly fitting fire doors.
Neither the front or back doors had locks and were in such a state, the house was open to the weather.
Greene, 64, was fined £35,000 with £2,111 costs after admitting several house in multiple occupation management offences be Birmingham Magistrates Court.
Lawyers for Birmingham City Council explained that housing officers spoke to Greene regularly to demand he repaired the property to no avail.
Greene claimed he could not carry out some of the repairs because tenants would not let him into their flats.
Councillor Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods at Birmingham City Council, said:
“Mr Greene has shown a callous disregard for his responsibilities as a landlord. This fine sends out a message to all landlords who ignore the law.”
Illegal eviction fine
In a separate case, directors of a property investment company were fined a total of £10,865 for illegally evicting a tenant from a shared house in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
Magistrates at Beverley heard that the unnamed tenant was given a week’s notice to leave, but stayed in the home.
A few days later, he returned to the flats and found directors Tracy Hollwarth and Barrie Craven, along with Fiddler Investment Ltd regional manager, Sheridan Brown had changed the locks and removed his belongings.
Chris Dunnachie, private sector housing and safety manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said
“The council has a duty to protect tenants to make sure they are safe from illegal evictions.
“Some landlords fail to accept that, despite being their property, each and every room or flat within that property is a person’s home and they have no right of entry without the tenant’s agreement, and must follow clear legal procedures to ensure their tenants are given appropriate notice to leave.”