Thursday, 31 July 2014

Council seeks ASBO to ban landlord from renting

A landlord has been fined £28,000 for leaving properties in squalor and could be the first to be handed an anti-social behaviour order banning him from leasing to tenants.

David McCabe, 58, appeared in Plymouth Magistrates’ Court this week charged with 28 counts of breaching housing regulations. He was fined £1,000 for each count.

He is due to reappear at the court on 4 January where Plymouth Council could secure what is thought to be the first ASBO against a landlord to stop him renting to tenants on housing benefit.

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Rodent droppings around a sink

Chris Penberthy, cabinet member for co-operatives and community development at Plymouth Council, said: ‘We have attempted to work with this particular landlord for some time but unfortunately the properties have not been brought up to an acceptable standard so we were left with no choice but to take formal action.

‘This is always a last resort when all other options have been exhausted and is done to protect tenants.

‘One of the council’s priorities is to increase the supply of private rented housing in the city but we need safe properties that are of an acceptable standard.’

Newspaper reports said Mr McCabe, from Plymouth, Devon, had been a landlord for 30 years. He leased homes strewn with rubbish including mouse droppings in the properties and old tyres in the gardens, with health and safety risks such as exposed wiring and filthy living conditions such as stained sinks.

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