Published: Tuesday, 30th March 2021

A landlord has been ordered to pay a £5,000 fine after failing to carry out repairs at their property in Chatham. 

We received a complaint about the condition of Joanna Connolly’s property in Hartington Street in January 2019. A housing officer visited the property and found a number of issues including damp, unsafe cellar steps and missing extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom.

Connolly failed to carry out the repairs despite requests and a formal notice was issued in July 2019. The works were still not carried out and the case was taken to court.

Connolly of Kew Road, Richmond, failed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 5 March 2021 and the case was proved in her absence.

Magistrates ordered Connolly to pay a £5,000 fine for failing to comply with an improvement notice under the Housing Act 2004, as well as £708 costs.

We are committed to ensuring residents are living safely in private rented accomodation 

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “This landlord ignored repeated requests for essential work to be carried out to the property. We are committed to ensuring that residents are living safely in private rented accommodation. Our housing team provides advice to residents who are experiencing problems with their landlord and we can, and will, take action against landlords who are failing to carry out essential repairs. I would encourage residents to visit our website to find out more.”

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