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Reminder for tenants in council homes on repairs

Chesterfield Borough Council is reminding tenants that they should first contact the council to report necessary repairs to their homes rather than going straight to a third party.

This comes after the council was forced to take out a court injunction against Mr Evans of Chaucer Road, Chesterfield.

Mr Evans had instructed solicitors to begin court action against the council because required repairs had not been carried out. It is thought he had been approached by a firm which specialises in such cases and instructs solicitors to take landlords to court.

In a hearing at Chesterfield County Court on Friday 21 July, the council sought the injunction, which will be in place for two years, because Mr Evans had not allowed council staff access to carry out the necessary repairs and was in breach of his tenancy agreement.

Mr Evans was also ordered to pay legal costs of £1152.20.

Councillor Helen Bagley, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for homes and customers said: “While we try to avoid taking legal action against our tenants, it was necessary in this case because Mr Evans had not allowed our staff to carry out the repairs he had reported.

“We are committed to provide a decent standard of living to all our tenants and anyone who needs to report a repair should contact us directly. We will aim to carry this out as quickly as possible.

“If tenants are not satisfied with the repair, they can report it through our complaints procedure at no cost to them and be aware that third parties might charge.”

First published on 25 July 2017 Last updated on 26 July 2017