Norwich landlord made to pay more than £10,000 in fines and costs
PUBLISHED: 06:52 13 October 2016
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A Norwich landlord, who breached regulations for private accommodation he provided in Prince of Wales Road, has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 in fines and costs.
Piang Fui Pun, 47, of Cromer Road, Norwich, admitted 13 breaches of regulations for houses in multi occupation. Norwich Magistrates Court heard that the breaches included not providing safety certification for electrical and gas installations at the property and faulty fire doors.
David Lowens, prosecuting on behalf of the city council, said council officers first visited the accommodation on February 16 and after pointing out defects returned on May 4, only to find that apart from the fire doors, other matters had still not been put right.
Mr Lowens said that following the last visit all matters had now been addressed and certification provided. He said that Mr Pun was now awaiting final approval for his licence to operate a house in multiple occupation.
Pun, who spoke through an interpreter, said that his sister normally looked after the administration but she had been involved in a family matter so things had lapsed. He said that everything had now been put right.
Chairman of the bench, Geoff Dyett fined Pun £5500 and ordered him to pay £4600 in investigation costs of the case.
He told Pun that the breaches were serious matters and said: “If there had been an accident or worse there could even have been a fire, you could have well been facing more serious allegations.”
After the case councillor Bert Bremner, the city council’s cabinet member for private sector housing, said: “Keeping our residents’ safe and ensuring all housing is of a good standard are top priorities for the council.”
He added: “This particular case required a high level of partnership working and is another excellent example of the work being done to tackle landlords who operate outside the law.”
.The council is encouraging landlords to sign up to a new property registration scheme on www.norwich.gov.uk/PRSNorwich.
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