Tenants living with rats! Owner of dangerous flats forced to pay £5K

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A company who allowed tenants to live in their dangerous and rodent infested block flats has been ordered to pay a total of £5,012.

A company who allowed tenants to live in their dangerous and rodent infested block flats has been ordered to pay a total of £5,012 after numerous warnings from the council to make the block safe were ignored. Buttercup Buildings Ltd racked up fines totalling £1,500 after it fell into serious disrepair.  

Tenants and leaseholders of the four storey block in Wealdstone were living a nightmare for many years - sharing their flats with rodents, along with leaks, mould, rotting wood and exposed wires. Outside wasn’t any better with dumped rubbish, rat holes and broken drainage pipes. The council’s Environmental Health and Residential Licensing enforcement teams repeatedly warned Buttercup Buildings to make repairs but their warnings were unheeded. The disrepair got so bad that they banned the block from being used until repair works were acceptable.

Cllr Varsha Parmar, cabinet member for environment said:

“What an absolute nightmare for these occupiers! Our officers had enough of their excuses and complete disregard for tenants who were living there. Thankfully the law finally caught up with them. Let this be a lesson to other rogue landlords and agents, there’s no hiding from us, if you’re doing things illegally, you will be found and fined!”  

Eventually works were carried out but they were not of the acceptable standards. They were fined at Willesden Magistrates Court on 28th May 2019 for three offences (£500 each) and with costs of £3512.00 totalling £5012.00.