Landlords in Liverpool are being reminded of the potential penalties they could face if they leave a void property derelict for too long.
It comes after Liverpool City Council succesfully won a case against a landlord this week, who was prosecuted for allowing a vacant property to ‘blight’ the local community.
Ross Smith was found guilty of an offence for failing to comply with a notice requiring improvements to his property in Walton. The property was deemed by the court to be ‘detrimental to the amenity of the area’.
Despite the council sending a series of warning letters to the landlord, Smith still failed to carry out the work, and he was ordered to pay a £200 fine by Liverpool Magistrates Court, as well as costs totaling £500.
This latest prosecution is the SIXTH of its kind in as many months on Liverpool.
Councillor Frank Hont, the Cabinet member for Housing said: “The impact of derelict houses on the local community is immeasurable and when left to fall into disrepair they cause blight in the area and can attract vandalism leading to anti-social behaviour. It is part of the Mayoral Pledge to deal with long term vacant houses and engage with owners to bring the properties back into use.
“In this case the property owner did not engage with us and we had no option but to take legal action – this should be a warning to those who allow their vacant property to blight an area, engage with us to put the property right or face the consequences”.
If you are a landlord with one or several void properties, the RLA run a Property Repairs course, with dates in London and Manchester. There is also a Legionella course, which is suitable to all Landlords but particularly those who have void properties.