Scunthorpe letting agents fined over £1,600 for missing fire alarms and filthy living conditions

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A lettings agency in Scunthorpe has been fined over £1,600 for failing to keep tenants safe and allowing a property to fall into a state of disrepair.

Humanity Housing, based on Frodingham Road, pleaded guilty to six breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 at Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, December 14.

The breaches included:

  • Failing to take appropriate safety measures – there were missing fire alarms in the communal areas of the property
  • Failing to maintain common parts, fixtures, fittings and appliances – there were light fittings missing and a further one showing exposed wiring, the stair carpet had holes and badly worn, and a window in the communal area was rotten
  • Failing to provide waste disposal facilities – there was an accumulation of domestic waste in the rear yard

The business was fined £200 for each of the six offences, ordered to pay £300 costs and a surcharge of £120.

In court, Sadique Kamali, Director of Humanity Housing, said that the tenants would not allow the agency into the property.

He said: “We manage the property and it was in multiple occupation.

“We had difficulties with the tenants and they would not let us in. We offered the tenants alternative accommodation but the tenants turned it down.

“There were no problems with the property before the tenants moved in. We don’t want to be in court and don’t want any problems. This property is going back to the landlord.”

Councillor Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for governance and transformation, said: “Let this be a warning to other letting agencies that action will be taken if you are not meeting statutory regulations.

“When you are providing accommodation for people, you should ensure it is in a suitable condition and safe to live in. The rules are there for a reason.

“If you are ever unsure of your responsibilities as a letting agency, you can speak to the council’s Operational Housing Team who will offer advice and guidance.”