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Second rogue landlord prosecuted in Chesterfield

A second rogue landlord has been successfully prosecuted in as many months after legal action brought by Chesterfield Borough Council.

Paul Youngman, 56, of Ringwood Road, Poole in Dorset, was found guilty by Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court of failure to comply with an Improvement Notice served by the council under the Housing Act 2004.

The court heard that, following a property inspection, the officer found several serious hazards present at the property.

An Improvement Notice was served in October 2017 and required Mr Youngman to carry out repairs including works to remedy dampness and remove electrical hazards.

The notice was not complied with and the young family living in the property in Staveley were left living in unsafe housing conditions.

Youngman was fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £1,686.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “This prosecution shows that Chesterfield Borough Council will not tolerate rogue landlords who fail to comply with housing legislation.

“It is simply not acceptable for private tenants to live in unsafe housing conditions.”

The council will work with landlords to give them help and advice on providing acceptable living standards for tenants.

Help and advice for private tenants is available from Chesterfield Borough Council’s private sector housing team on 01246 345748 or homeimprovementagency@chesterfield.gov.uk.

General advice for tenants is also available on the Citizens Advice website.


First published on 05 October 2018 Last updated on 05 October 2018