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Landlord fined for unsafe properties

PUBLISHED: 16:10 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:57 23 August 2010

A LANDLORD has been fined more than £9,000 for breaching health and safety regulations at his rented property. Paramjit Singh Bansal, 51, appeared at Dartford Magistrates Court last Wednesday after broken fire doors, a broken fire alarm and an unsafe ele

A LANDLORD has been fined more than £9,000 for breaching health and safety regulations at his rented property.

Paramjit Singh Bansal, 51, appeared at Dartford Magistrates Court last Wednesday after broken fire doors, a broken fire alarm and an unsafe electrical system were found at 36 The Grove, Gravesend.

Mr Bansal rented out rooms to several families with children and pleaded guilty to two breaches under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2006.

Officers from Gravesham Borough Council initially visited the property in August last year and following their findings, served a Prohibition Order and shut down the property.

Magistrates said they considered this case to be "at the very high end of the scale" and as a result gave Mr Bansal a £4,515 fine for each offence and ordered him to pay Gravesham Borough Council's court costs of £575.

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Anthony Pritchard said: "Unsafe homes will not be tolerated. Landlords have a legal and moral obligation to ensure their tenants' safety in their property.

"Gravesham Borough Council is working closely with landlords in the private rented sector to encourage a high level in health and safety standards.

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