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Landlord fined over repairs failure

PUBLISHED: 11:42 09 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:42 09 October 2015

Bromley Magistrates Court. Picture: PA/Anthony Devlin

Bromley Magistrates Court. Picture: PA/Anthony Devlin

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The landlord failed to carry out necessary repairs to the home being rented by a mother and her children

A Bromley landlord has been ordered to pay more than £2000 in fines and costs after failing to carry out necessary repairs on a home occupied by a mother and her children.

Conditions in the home were found to be so bad Bromley Council had to rehouse the tenants.

Mr Kanthasamy Sothilingam failed to repair issues with his house on Main Road, St Paul’s Cray, which led to the council issuing an improvement notice, Sothlingham was then fined for failure to comply with the improvement notice after he entered a guilty plea.

Sothlingham was ordered to pay a £1000 fine, along with £930.50 in costs, £100 victim surcharge plus £150 criminal courts charge at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 7 October 2015.

Executive member for public protection and safety, Kate Lymer said: “We must make sure that rented properties do not present a hazard to anyone’s health or safety. Landlords must meet their statutory obligations and ensure their properties are let in a reasonable condition.

“The Council will not allow them to get away with letting substandard properties and if they fail to comply with improvement notices, legal action will be taken.”

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