The owner is barred from renting the rat-infested house of horrors because it is so moldy.
Moldy walls, collapsing ceilings, and a perilous staircase can be seen inside a house in Tyne and Wear where a couple lived with their nine children.
After inspectors discovered holes in the ceilings, mold on the walls, and rats, a landlord was barred from renting out a five-bedroom house and warned that they could face an “unlimited” fine.
The tenants of the property in Elswick, Tyne and Wear – a couple with nine children – had to be evicted and relocated by the council.
The house had defective double glazing, missing banisters on the staircase that could cause trips and falls, leaking pipework, holes in the ceiling, damp, mold, insecure front and back doors, and no hot water supply in the kitchen. There was also no smoke detector in the ground floor hallway, according to council inspectors.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the investigators discovered that rats had gnawed their way through electrical cabling, rendering the electricity supply unsafe and causing the heating system to fail, leaving the family without heat or hot water.
After the landlord failed to respond to their requests to address the “serious disrepair and infestation,” the tenants had no choice but to turn to the council for help.
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When the landlord refused to make the repairs as requested by the council, the authority issued a prohibition order under the Housing Act of 2004.
Before the council will consider lifting the order and allowing the property to be rented out again, it must be refurbished to the council’s standards.
If the landlord fails to comply with the order, he could face a court case and an unlimited fine.
“This is a shocking example of a landlord failing to fulfill his legal obligations,” said local councillor Linda Hobson.
My heart breaks for the family who lived there in such deplorable conditions.
“Thankfully, they are now in clean, warm, and safe housing – not much to ask for in the twenty-first century it would appear, but some landlords are failing in their duty of care to provide anything resembling decent living conditions.”
“We are determined in Newcastle to raise standards in the private rented sector – a.
The news is summarized by Brinkwire.