£27k bill as landlords fail to improve Linden Hotel

December 30 2016

LANDLORDS of the former Linden Hotel in Kingswood face a bill of almost £27,000 for breaching regulations - including fire safety.

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LANDLORDS of the former Linden Hotel in Kingswood face a bill of almost £27,000 for breaching regulations - including fire safety.

Bhahinder Singh Dulay and Munjit Singh Dulay, trading as M B Estate Ltd, were found guilty in their absence when the case was heard at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Friday December 9.

The landlords, of Rudgeway, South Gloucestershire, were prosecuted for failure to comply with an improvement notice, including a category 1 fire hazard, and incurred fines and costs totalling £26,761.61.

The property is a large former hotel in the High Street that has been converted into 22 self-contained flats, which are occupied mainly by young couples and families.

The court heard that South Gloucestershire Council was asked to visit Linden House following complaints of disrepair and poor management received from tenants and the Neighbourhood Beat Officer for the area. 

Officers visited the property to assess if there were any hazards that posed a risk to the health and safety of the tenants and any visitors to the property. 

Several issues were identified including fire hazards, risk of falls, damp and mould. 

The landlord M B Estate Ltd was contacted about these issues on several occasions, but no repairs were completed and the landlord failed to attend any meetings to discuss matters.

Following inspections of the property, an enforcement notice was served but to date, none of the work required to bring the property up to scratch has been satisfactorily carried out.

For failure to comply with the fire hazard, the court imposed a fine of £15,000. For failure to comply with the repair hazards, the court imposed a fine of £10,000. In addition, the company have to pay a victim surcharge of £170 and South Gloucestershire Council was awarded full costs of £1,591.61.

South Gloucestershire Council’s Environment & Community Services Committee chairwoman Councillor Heather Goddard said: “As in all cases we try to resolve issues informally with the landlord, but MB Estates failed to engage with officers and carry out the necessary improvements to the property. This case sends out a strong message that South Gloucestershire Council will not tolerate landlords who fail to comply with their legal responsibilities.

 Avon Fire and Rescue Service are also considering possible enforcement action against the landlords.