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Landlord prosecuted over poor housing conditions

A private landlord in Saffron Walden has been fined for letting poor and potentially dangerous housing, following a prosecution by Uttlesford District Council.

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Sarah Anne Henson, of Whiteshot Way, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 27 April to offences relating to matters of fire safety as well as general disrepair under the Housing Act 2004 and The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006.

The case was brought against Mrs Henson by the Council following a fire which broke out at her property on 7 September last year. No person was injured in the fire at the property, which was rented by several tenants, but a cat died.

Mrs Henson was fined £286 by the magistrates, and ordered to pay costs of £820 to the Council.

Roz Millership, Assistant Director of Housing, Health and Communities at the Council, said: "This case highlights the need for all landlords to be aware of their legal duties and responsibilities towards the management of their properties. It also sends out a strong message that the Council will not tolerate landlords who let dangerous and poor accommodation for residents, and that we will take action when it is appropriate to do so.

"However, it should be pointed out that the Council seeks prosecutions of this type only as a last resort. We are committed to working with all landlords so that they understand their responsibilities, and we are here to advise and assist them to improve their properties."

If you are a landlord and are seeking some advice, or are a tenant wanting to report poor housing, please contact the Council's Environmental Health Team on 01799 510482 or email

9 May 2017