Date: 19/11/2008 Category: Housing and Homelessness
Alan Watkins The landlord wasn’t prosecuted. Seven-bedroomed property in St Mary’s Road, Strood. House of multiple occupancy. Attended a Residential Property Tribunal (RPT) on Wednesday, 12 November at Rowan Williams Court in Chatham Maritime. Medway Council was granted an Interim Management Order, which gives the council four months to take over the running of the property and bring it back to a habitable standard. Applied under the Housing Act 2004. The council’s intention is that the five tenants can remain in the property while the repairs and refurbishment are carried out on the property. Things wrong with the property included: Broken fire alarm system Lack of working fire doors Lack of washing and cooking facilities No hot water in all the rooms. One toilet was unusable as the ceiling had collapsed in the bathroom. General state of disrepair Damp. Leaking pipework. Broken drains. MHS Commerical will carry out the repairs to the property on behalf of the council, who will then bill the landlord. We became aware of the problems at the end of September 2008 when a housing officer made a routine call to the property. The Order also gives the council the power to put new tenants in the property. However, we are meeting with the tenants next week to finalise their contracts. We are the first local authority in the country to be granted these powers.