Landlord fined by council for not fixed damp problems

St Helens town hall
St Helens town hall

Two landlords have received fines totalling £3,000 – and ordered to pay costs of nearly £2,000 - after failing to comply with improvement notices issued by St Helens Council under the Housing Act.

Adrian Webb of Mill Lane, Rainhill, and Robert Essex of Westcliff Road, Birkdale, both pleaded guilty to the offences at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates’ Court on Friday (July 22).

Webb was fined £2,500, ordered to pay £1,332.30 in costs and a victim surcharge of £120 after failing to comply with an improvement notice issued in February.

The notice had required him to investigate and remedy damp problems at his property in West End Road, Haydock.

Webb pleaded guilty by letter and apologised - assuring the court that he will work with the council to bring the property up to the required standard and promised that it would remain empty until the council was satisfied that he’d fulfilled his obligations.

Essex also pleaded guilty by letter and was fined £250 for each of two offences of failing to comply with improvement notices – both issued in July last year – relating to his property in Price Grove, St Helens.

One related to his failure to install a step in the backyard while the other covered his failure to overhaul flagging and remove tripping hazards.

As well as the fines - totalling £500 - he was ordered to pay £500 towards costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

Essex, who told the court that he had six properties in St Helens, said he had not received the improvement notices and had been experiencing personal and financial difficulties.