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BRIDLINGTON LANDLORD PROSECUTED OVER DANGEROUS PROPERTY

A private landlord from Bridlington has been ordered to pay £1,500 for putting tenants into a dangerous property, thereby breaching a prohibition order that was in place. 

Karen Kettlewell, of Airdale Drive, pleaded guilty to breaching the prohibition order under the Housing Act 2004 when she appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 27th March. 

Kettlewell was ordered to pay a total of £1,500.12, consisting of a £120 fine, costs of £1,332.12 and a £48 victim surcharge. 

The court heard the prohibition order had been served on Kettlewell in April 2022, on her property at 21 Clarence Road, Bridlington, following an inspection by private sector housing officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 

The officers found the disrepair in the property to be an imminent risk to the safety of the two adults and five children in occupation.  

Defects included a broken central heating system, a lack of hot water, dangerous and faulty electrics, damp and mould, a partially collapsed ceiling and penetrating dampness. 

The council intervened and offered emergency temporary accommodation to ensure the family’s safety. 

The legal notice that had been served in 2022 prohibited the residential use of the property until the hazards listed in the order had been reduced or removed. 

In July 2023, officers discovered that Kettlewell had breached that prohibition order by allowing 21 Clarence Road to be re-occupied and rented out, whilst failing to remove the majority of the hazards. 

Chris Dunnachie, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s private sector housing manager, said: “Breaching a prohibition order is a serious criminal housing offence. 

“In this case, the landlord knowingly put people back into the property and then charged them rent, despite the serious dangers within it. 

“Hopefully this prosecution will deter others from acting in such an irresponsible manner.” 

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