An Ipswich landlord and property owner has been ordered to pay a large fine after failing to clear waste and undertake works.
Francis Investments (East Anglia) Limited, whose registered office is in St Helens Street, along with the company director and owner of the property where the offences took place, Ralph Bernard of Valley View Drive, Rushmere St Andrew, were found guilty of eight offences under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
These included leaving a large pile of waste at a London Road property despite an order to remove it.
The waste at the London Road property, which the landlord failed to remove. Picture: Ipswich Borough CouncilThe waste at the London Road property, which the landlord failed to remove. Picture: Ipswich Borough Council
Officers from Ipswich Borough Council’s Environmental Protection Team investigated the property and, in September 2020, served Community Protection Notices to Francis Investments (East Anglia) Limited and Ralph Bernard for failing to remove the waste.
The CPN also directed that drainage and vermin issues must be rectified.
The landlord failed to comply with the requirements set out in the notice and were therefore prosecuted.
Cllr Alasdair Ross, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, says: “We are determined to stop properties in Ipswich being kept in an unreasonable state to the detriment of tenants, neighbours and others.
“Court action is the last resort after much hard work and action to resolve issues and that’s why we needed to go to court in respect of this property after the defendants had not responded to our previous measures to make things right.
“Landlords should understand they need to meet their obligations or, if necessary, we shall take action.”