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10 November 2016
A landlord from Yorkshire has been fined £24,000 and ordered to pay a further £18,000 in costs after breaching a number of housing and fire safety rules.
Mr Gary Fixter was prosecuted by the local council and branded ‘despicable’ by a local councillor after he was found guilty.
In total, Mr Fixter was found to have breached 18 rules, including:
- Failure to ensure that internal fire doors within the property were adequately maintained
- Failure to ensure that there was suitable fire detection within the building
- Failure to routinely test the fire alarm
Scarborough Borough Council Housing Manager said: “This property is one of the worst we have seen within our borough for many years. As a landlord, Mr Fixter has shown scant regard for the well-being or health and safety of his tenants, many of whom are vulnerable.
“The property has been left to fall into a filthy and dangerous condition. Essential repairs have not been undertaken and fire safety has been compromised.
“It is not acceptable that rogue landlords should exploit vulnerable people in this way and we shall not hesitate to take firm legal action when cases like this one arise.”
Councillor Bill Chatt, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Housing added: “I am pleased but sadly not surprised with the result of this prosecution, given the sheer weight of evidence, some in the form of very telling images, which was presented to the magistrates.
“Any landlord who gets prosecuted for this kind of thing is despicable and I stand by what I said in our full council meeting this week; bad landlords deserve everything they get.”