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Landlords fined for renting out Burton flat in serious disrepair

Two landlords have been ordered to pay a total of £5,280.76 after renting out a Burton flat in serious disrepair.

Brian Kite, 67, of Mill Hill Lane and Beryl Kite, 69, of Pickerings Avenue, both pleaded guilty at North Staffordshire Justice Centre to committing Housing Act 2004 offences for allowing their tenant in a flat on Main Street, Stapenhill, to live there after the Environmental Health Team (EHT) served a closure order on it.

The resident complained to the council back in 2017, and an inspection of the property soon after found it had no working heating, hot water or smoke alarms, while there were also broken windows that had been boarded up.

Some repairs were initially carried out by the Kites, but it was found not enough had been achieved to ensure the property was suitable to be lived in long-term.

Having already provided the owners with sufficient time to either renovate the flat, carry out essential repairs or evict the tenant in order to safeguard their health and safety, Environmental Health served them both a prohibition order.

The order required the property to remain empty until all disrepair had been remedied, however the pair failed to comply by allowing the tenant to continue living there and failing to carry out suitable repairs as advised by the EHT.

Brian Kite was fined £256 and ordered to pay £2,378.88 in costs, as well as a victim surcharge of £30.

Beryl Kite was fined £207 and ordered to pay £2,378.88 in costs, as well as a victim surcharge of £30.

They stated in court the building is due to be sold and demolished, and also declared they will never rent out another property again.

Councillor Bernard Peters, Deputy Leader for Regulatory Services and Community Support, said: "East Staffordshire Borough Council Environmental Health team will not tolerate landlords who rent sub-standard properties to tenants and are working hard to ensure they either improve the conditions of their properties or face the consequences."

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