Bristol portfolio landlord banned and fined

A landlord with a 34-strong portfolio in Bristol has been banned from letting properties in England and fined £22,000 due to eight banning order offences.

Naomi Knapp was banned after her properties were found to have adequately installed fire doors, damaged and poorly maintained walls and ceilings that form part of the fire-resistant structure, as well as fixtures and fittings in the communal areas of the properties that were also damaged and badly maintained.

The case was brought by Bristol City Council’s Private Housing Team, while the landlord pleaded guilty to the multiple offences.

Councillor Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member for Housing Delivery and Homes, said: “During this cost of living crisis it is more important than ever for the council to protect tenants from rogue landlords. We will take action to crack down on criminal landlords who do not meet the legal requirements for a safe and secure living environment.

“Any tenant who rents from Ms Knapp does not need to do anything at this point – the Banning Order does not change a renter’s legal rights and does not necessarily mean they will need to leave their properties. However, if they are concerned about their rights they should contact the council or Citizen’s Advice Bureau for support.”

The local authority said she had a long history of non-compliance with her legal responsibilities as a landlord and property manager.

Previously there was an attempt to resolve issues with her informally.

The offences were connected to a trio of poorly managed Houses in Multiple Occupation that were presented at Bristol Magistrates Court in April 2021.

Knapp has been banned from: letting housing in England, engaging in English letting agency work, and engaging in English property management work.

The ban will last for five years, starting on 16 August 2022, while there are some exceptions to the ban until 15 February 2023.

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