Woman fined for dangerous house; pounds 1,000 PENALTY FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH A REPAIR NOTICE.
A COVENTRY woman has been fined pounds 1,000 for failing to repair a dilapidated empty house.
Safeena Akhtar Khan admitted a charge of failing to comply with a repair notice served under the Housing Act on a house in Broad Street, Foleshill.
Khan, of Fisher Road, Foleshill, was fined pounds 1,000 by Coventry magistrates, with pounds 1,168 costs awarded to Coventry City Council.
The court heard that environmental health officers had received complaints about the condition of the house over several years.
The city council's housing enforcement team found it had a collapsed and leaking flat roof, rotten and dangerous windows, electrical defects and structural movement.
It also had dangerous and water-damaged ceiling sections, dry rot, defective mortar and pointing and dangerous guttering and sanitary ware.
The court heard how it was an eyesore for neighbours who suffered from refuse which was dumped continually in the rear garden.
Cllr Kevin Maton, social services and housing, said the prosecution sent a strong message to problem home-owners and would help neighbours in similar situations.
He said: "The result of this case means that we can give encouragement to people living close to problem buildings and that there will be improvements in their situation."
The city council aims to ensure the house in Broad Street is fully renovated and brought back into use.
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Apr 4, 2003|
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