Liskeard landlord fined for health and safety offences

Cornwall landlord fined £500 for ignoring health and safety improvement notices

A Liskeard landlord has been prosecuted by Cornwall Council after ignoring multiple improvement notices which required him to carry out renovation work on a property that was not up to the council’s health and safety standards.

A Cornwall Council officer carried out an inspection at a property belonging to Nigel William Arthur Grist on May 19, 2015. The council inspector found that the property in Porthmellon Gardens, Callington, was “extremely overcrowded with serious health and safety issues present”.

Health and safety notices ignored by landlord

Liskeard, Cornwall

As a result of the inspection, Mr Grist was handed improvement notices by the council and told that he had to carry out renovation work to fix and improve the property’s heating system, electrical system and general security.

The council gave Mr Grist until September 4, 2015, to complete the work. However, when a council officer returned for a follow-up inspection on September 30, they found that nothing had been changed within the property and no improvements had been made.

Mr Grist appeared in Bodmin Magistrates’ Court on March 4 charged with three counts of failing to comply with the requirements of improvement notices as served under the Housing Act 2004. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges and was ordered to pay a fine of £300, costs of £180, and a £30 victim surcharge.

Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council member for housing and environment, commented: “This case highlights that there are still some landlords who are not fulfilling their legal obligation to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their tenants.”

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