Rogue landlords in Gloucestershire should be warned by recent news of prosecutions taking place in the county – with reports of sub-standard accommodation and insufficient documentation provided to tenants.
The Gloucester City Council recently reported that a landlord, Saqib Rasul – owner of 329 Barton Street in Gloucester – was prosecuted at Cheltenham Magistrates court at the beginning of November because his property did not provide a healthy and secure environment to live in.
This follows on nicely from our last blog post on gas safety checks, and we are happy to see that the local authorities are showing a zero-tolerance attitude towards those who are not following the rules when it comes to letting out their property.
This case is not isolated though; as noted in the linked article, “Officers from the council and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service have so far carried out unannounced inspections of over 30 properties in the Barton & Tredworth and Westgate wards of Gloucester in 2015”. It turns out that most of these inspections uncovered a series of failures by landlords in the county to maintain a decent living standard for their tenants. It is alarming to hear that this is the case with so many properties, but reassuring that regular, unannounced inspections are taking place to ensure the safety of those living in these properties.
If you happen to know of any other cases which are currently unreported, you can make these known to local authorities by calling the council on 01452 396396, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to the Gloucester City Council housing team.
At Selina’s Lettings, our full property management service ensures that all tenants have a safe environment to live – with all maintenance issues brought to the attention of the landlord before any action is taken, and providing all the correct documentation to all parties.
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