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A Nantwich landlord has been convicted for failing to improve safety and cleanliness of her property.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Regulatory Services officers received complaints from an existing tenant to the property on Flint Court, Ellesmere Port of electrical wiring issues and mould.

Karen Jean Foulkes, of Morgan Walk in Nantwich, was then contacted several times to improve cleanliness and safety standards.

Ignoring the letters, the Council say court action was the last resort.

Councillor Angela Claydon, Cabinet Member for Housing. said. “Cheshire West and Chester welcomes responsible landlords – but we will deal robustly with anyone who does not take their responsibilities of property ownership seriously.

“This property had fallen into an unacceptable condition and state of repair which would have put tenants at risk of illness or severe injury.

“Absent landlords will not be allowed to leave their premises in an unsafe condition. We hope this case sends a clear message that we will take action whenever necessary to ensure tenants in privately rented properties live in a safe environment.”

Under section 11(1)(a) of the Housing Act 2004, the 48 year old was fined £2292.50  in West Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on Thursday September, 21 2017.

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