Landlord fined for failing to maintain vacant property

A Gosforth landlord was fined for failing to maintain his vacant ‘eyesore’ property following a successful prosecution by Newcastle City Council.

The council said it had received reports about the state of the property owned by Cristopher Cleghorn, including complaints about broken windows, overgrown gardens, broken fencing and piles of rubbish built up around the property.

The council’s Public Protection & Neighbourhoods team visited the property and served Cleghorn with notices to repair the house, but he failed to comply.

At Newcastle Magistrates Court, Cleghorn pleaded guilty to an offence under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £467 in costs, and made subject to a remedial order requiring him to carry out the work as previously instructed.

Following the case, Councillor Nick Kemp, the city council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “This prosecution shows that landlords cannot flout regulations which exist to help residents and neighbourhoods.

“This vacant property was left unkempt, had a stockpile of rubbish creating a nuisance for neighbouring residents and became a beacon for anti-social behaviour in the area.

“Landlords have a responsibility to maintain standards at their properties. Our Public Protection & Neighbourhoods team made every effort to contact this landlord and gave him ample opportunity to act before legal action was brought.

“His continued refusal to sort this mess out and his subsequent prosecution should serve as a warning to all other landlords in the city.”



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