Lettings firm and director fined for inadequate living conditions

11 November 2020 | Renting

Lettings firm and director fined for inadequate living conditions

A lettings firm has been ordered to pay over £18,000 after failing to provide adequate living conditions for his tenants.

Chelmsford magistrates fined Palmview Estates and the company’s sole director Hersch Sternlicht for letting undersized rooms. 

The court heard that Prohibition Orders were made on the four undersized rooms by Thurrock council back in September 2017. 

The council reviewed the Orders in 2019 and found that two of the rooms had nonetheless been let to new tenants.

Magistrates fined Palmview Estates Limited a total of £7,000, a £190 victim surcharge and costs of £3,551. 

Sternlicht was also fined £4,000, a £190 victim surcharge and costs of £3,551. Sternlicht plans to appeal the decision.

The council also issued a Civil Penalty Notice to Sternlicht for the same property for breaches found under the HMO management regulations in 2019. 

These included a water leak to the hallway ceiling from a defective boiler and inadequate fire safety measures.

A council spokesman says: “We will continue to target exploitative landlords to ensure that those living in shared accommodation have access to a good quality home and safe place to live in.

“Landlords and letting agents must ensure any properties they rent out are up to code and are licensed, where appropriate. Failure to do so is an offence which can result in prosecution or a fine of up to £30,000.”

This post has originally been featured in Letting Agent Today.