Landlord fined over state of flats

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A LANDLORD has been told to pay more than £1,600 for failing to complete essential work to multiple occupancy flats in Fleetwood.

James Ashton, of Aughton Street, was issued with improvement notices to complete work to the property on Windsor Terrace, following an inspection by Wyre Council in April.

The council began an investigation after numerous complaints were received about the state of the property.

It was subsequently found to be in a poor condition with substandard facilities and major defects to the fire escape and fire detection systems.

Despite numerous opportunities to complete the work, Mr Ashton failed to carry out all the required repairs, putting the safety of his tenants at risk.

On some occasions, he employed unskilled, unqualified workmen who carried out shoddy repairs.

During one visit to the property, a council officer became trapped in the hallway due to a defective lock on the front door, highlighting the danger should people need to leave the building in an emergency.

Other faults included a defective electric light fitting in a shower room, problems with the emergency lighting system, a number of fire doors leading to the means of escape were missing or defective, sounders to the fire alarm system were not functional and smoke alarms were not fitted.

Mr Ashton pleaded guilty to non compliance of improvement notices appeared at Fleetwood Magistrates Court this month.

He was ordered to pay fines of £600, costs of £1,000 and £15 victim surcharge.

The property was one of nearly 500 lettings inspected as part of the North Fleetwood Neighbourhood Management Initiative to improve housing conditions and the management of privately rented flats and bedsits in the Bold Street area.