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Agency and landlord hit with heavy fines

Monday 23 September 2019

Countrywide, trading as Beresford Adams, has been fined over £22k for health and safety breaches at a property in Wrexham along with a £5k fine to the landlord of the same property for operating without an HMO license.

The firm presided over inadequate fire safety measures at a home in Wrexham and failed to provide an electrical safety certificate to Wrexham County Borough Council. 

Regarding the same property, the landlord has also been prosecuted by the Council for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation.

Jane Sabio – who had pleaded guilty – was fined £5,000, with costs of £1,697 and a £170 victim surcharge and imposed.

An Environmental Health Officer found the unlicensed HMO during an inspection following up on a complaint due to lack of repairs.

Cllr Hugh Jones, lead member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “The council is proactively working with landlords and letting agents to assist them in raising standards for tenants.

“But if they choose not to cooperate and not to comply with the legal requirements, we will have no hesitation in taking firm enforcement action, as this case demonstrates.”

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