03:36PM, Wednesday 09 November 2016
The 'lazy' landlords of a block of flats in Slough have been fined following complaints of ‘squalid conditions’ including fly-tipping, rough sleeping and anti-social behaviour.
The council served the landlords of Salt Hill Mansions in Bath Road with a community protection notice about one year ago which demanded the area at the back of the properties were kept clear of rubbish and cleaned weekly.
Management firm GHMPB based in Orpington and managing agents Mint Lettings based in Stevenage were also ordered to prevent rubbish being dumped in the car park.
It followed complaints from residents and neighbours, who also raised the issue of bad smells and public health concerns.
The companies failed to comply with the notices and on Friday Reading Magistrates’ Court ordered the landlords to pay a £1,500 fine and costs of £2,044.
Richard Palacio, from the council’s neighbourhood enforcement team, said: “For years, the residents of Salt Hill Mansions have had to put up with sub-standard property management which has resulted in squalor in the communal outside areas.
“We tried everything to resolve the problems but the landlord just didn’t seem to care – and now they are paying for that lack of consideration for their tenants.”
Councillor Paul Sohal, commissioner for regulation and consumer protection, said: “From rotting mattresses and a continuous and unacceptable build up of rubbish, to anti-social behaviour and people sleeping in the garages, the poor tenants of this absent and lazy landlord have had a lot to put up with.
“No one should have to live in these types of conditions and we will do all we can to punish those who should, but obviously do not, care about their properties, their tenants and our town.”
The landlords have been given until Friday to clean the area and put in measures to ensure it stays that way.
Rough sleepers who have been using the garages have been offered assistance by the council.
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