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Action taken against landlords for failing to provide 'safe and healthy' homes across Mendip

30 January 2018

Mendip District Council's Private Sector Housing Enforcement Team have recently carried out successful enforcement action on landlords across the district who were failing to provide and maintain a safe environment for their tenants.

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Mendip District Council's Private Sector Housing Enforcement Team have recently carried out successful enforcement action on landlords across the district who were failing to provide and maintain a safe environment for their tenants.

A number of rented properties in Frome, Glastonbury and Wells and a privately owned property in Glastonbury have all had enforcement notices served against them from Mendip District Council over recent months.

Working with teams from across the council and public sector partners, the private sector housing team from Mendip District Council has carried out enforcement action in the following areas:

  • Frome - Following a complaint from a tenant in a rented property in Frome, the property was found to have no working boiler which meant there was no hot water and no heating in the home. Following failed attempts with informal discussions, Mendip District Council served an Improvement Notice to get the boiler safely reinstated. This formal action has led to the landlord completing the required works.

  • Glastonbury - A rented property in Glastonbury was identified with multiple health and safety defects, particularly in relation to structural issues such as a partially collapsed ceiling and broken supporting roof timbers. Other issues include an absence of adequate heating, no working smoke alarms, broken windows and evidence of pests. A Prohibition Order was served by the council which means everyone has to move out the property and it cannot be lived in until the work is completed to making the property safe.

  • Glastonbury - A privately owned property in Glastonbury was inspected in partnership with the Police, Fire authority and teams across the council. The property was found to be in serious disrepair with no heating, no working toilet, bathroom and kitchen facilities, unsafe electrics, evidence of pests and structural issues with the property. A prohibition Order was served on the owner to prevent anyone from living in the property until work is completed to make it safe.

  • Wells - A property containing two flats was inspected in Wells as part of a multi-agency visit, it was found to have a number of defects, including absence of fire precautions, unchecked electrics, lack of fixed heating and broken windows. The Fire Authority served an emergency Prohibition Notice as it was considered to pose a serious danger to the occupants. The council then served a further notice to require further safety works to be completed before the property can be reoccupied.

Cllr Nigel Woollcombe-Adams, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Growth and Housing Services, said; "Landlords need to ensure that the properties they are renting provide a safe and healthy home for their tenants. Where properties are found to be falling below the legal minimum standards then the council will inspect the property and require work to be completed to make it safe.

"The Private Sector Housing team will always look at working with tenants and landlords to resolve the matters, however this is not always possible. If informal talks fail then the council will take further steps and move to enforcement action."

If you need to make a complaint about the conditions of your property you can contact the Private Sector Housing Team at Mendip District Council for more information. The Private Sector Housing Team can also offer advice to landlords on complying with their obligations. If you are concerned about becoming homeless, the Housing Options Team at the council can offer advice and support on your rights and your options. Please visit Mendip District Council's website www.mendip.gov.uk or call 0300 333 8588.

Last modified: 05 February 2018