Landlord fined for ‘eyesore’ homes

St Helens Magistrates' Court
St Helens Magistrates' Court
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A St Helens landlord has been hit with a £6,000 fine after allowing two properties he owned to turn into eyesores.

Cedric Fitzpatrick of Stirling Crescent, St Helens, was fined £6,160 by St Helens Magistrates after he admitted failing to tidy up two properties he owned in Morris Street, Sutton.

The court heard how Fitzpatrick had failed to comply with two S215 notices (Untidy Land/Property Notices) served by St Helens Council under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The notices had ordered him to tidy up and improve the external appearance of the two neighbouring houses.

The defendant, who was found guilty in his absence, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

He was also ordered to pay court charges of £150, costs of £80 and a victim surcharge of £120.

Council officers will now ensure compliance with the notices, with the court case outcome sending a powerful message to absentee property owners and landlords across the borough to ensure the appearance of their properties is well maintained.