Landlord in Twickenham fined for collapsed ceiling

A landlord has been fined £60,000 after the ceiling collapsed at his Twickenham flat that was rented to a mother and young son.

The ceiling caved in due to damp plaster, Richmond Council found.

A tenant in one of the landlord’s flats complained to the council in March 2019, and a subsequent inspection found there were damaged items in the property.

The landlord was told to start fixing the issues by July 3rd.

In August another set of inspections found that one of the flats had a collapsed bathroom ceiling due to damp plaster.

The landlord failed to make improvements or respond to any of the council’s requests, and was therefore fined over £60,000.

Richmond Council has applied for a rent repayment order to claim back all housing allowance paid for the last 12 months.

There will be a hearing at the tribunal in the New Year.

Councillor Jim Millard, spokesperson for housing at Richmond Council, said: “The council’s private sector housing team works hard to hold landlords and letting agents to account.

“It’s a key part of improving the borough’s housing standards and we are pleased with the outcome of this investigation.

“We encourage residents who might be experiencing issues to contact us. Rogue landlords should take notice that the council will not hesitate to act when it comes to sub-standard housing.”

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