14:43 PM, 4th January 2012, About 10 years ago
A council housing inspector was locked in shared flats by a defective lock while inspecting fire safety precautions at the property.
Magistrates heard the incident happened after Wyre Council had received complaints about the flats in Windsor Terrace, Fleetwood, Lancashire.
Housing officers inspected the property several times and found poor fire safety systems and defective lighting.
Landlord James Ashton failed to make repairs – and where tradesmen were called in, their work was substandard.
Ashton admitted failing to comply with improvement notices and was fined £600 with more than £1,000 costs at Fleetwood Magistrates Court.
Landlord Mohammed Mir was ordered to pay £3,500 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to eight charges relating to a substandard house in multiple occupation at Bracknell Magistrates Court.
Mir, 41, of Reading, admitted he kept his house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Bracknell in a shoddy state. He also agreed he had dumped waste previously left in the garden illegally in a bid to tidy the property for a council inspection.
Three landlords were fined for separate cases of failing to maintain letting properties in Islington, North London.
Nadia Boudjema, was fined £4,000 with £1,180 costs was fined £4,000 with costs of £1,180 after he ignored a council instruction to install a fire alarm at a home in City Road.
The alarm failed to alert a tenant when a fire started at the property.
Ozay Haz was fined £2,000 for failing to deal with damp at a property in Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park.
Mezhut Bano had to pay £2,000 and £947 costs for similar poor standards at a property in Hatley Road, Finsbury Park.
Edinburgh landlord Yousef Mohammed was fined £1000 for letting an HMO without a licence. He blamed letting agents managing the property for him for the lapse. He was also barred from holding an HMO licence at an earlier hearing in September.
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