Monday, 18 December 2017

Landlord fined for lack of hot water

A LANDLORD has been fined £1,000 after leaving his tenant without any hot water.

A LANDLORD has been fined £1,000 after leaving his tenant without any hot water.

Peter Bedlow, 51, of Mill Green, Caversham, was prosecuted by Reading Borough Council after failing to restore the hot water supply at a tenant?s property in Mill Green.

Officials responded to a report of a fault with the supply on December 10 and found the gas water heater had been disconnected due to a serious safety fault.

Bedlow was told he needed to restore it but he failed to do so and five days later the council served him with an abatement notice.

He then failed to act within the 21 days allowed and the council arranged for the necessary repairs to be carried out and prosecuted him.

Bedlow was convicted of failing to comply with an abatement notice at Reading Magistrates? Court. He did not attend the hearing.

As well as his fine, he was ordered to pay compensation of £1,367.85 to the council to cover the costs of arranging the repairs and to pay costs of £978.92.

Councillor Richard Davies, Reading?s lead councillor for housing, said: ?It?s appalling this tenant was forced to live without any hot water until the council stepped in and arranged for the repairs to be carried out.

?The landlord?s failure to act in this case ended up costing him a total of nearly £3,347, which should send out a strong message that Reading Borough Council is willing to act in cases where private landlords fail to comply with their legal requirements.?

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