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Grays landlord fined more than £18,000 for providing poor living conditions

Hersch Sternlicht attended Chelmsford Magistrates Court for a hearing last Thursday (credit: Google Maps)

A Grays landlord has been fined more than £18,000 after failing to provide adequate living conditions for his tenants.

Palmview Estates and the company’s sole director, Hersch Sternlicht were fined following a hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates Court, on Thursday, 5 November.

Thurrock Council made Prohibition Orders in September 2017 after discovering four undersized rooms.

When the Orders were reviewed in October 2019, Officers found two of the rooms had been let to new tenants.

Other breaches found in the same property included a water leak to the hallway ceiling from a defective boiler and inadequate fire safety measures. 

A Civil Penalty Notice (CPN) was therefore issued for the breaches found under the HMO management regulations.

Following the hearing, Palmview Estates Limited was fined a total of £7000, a £190 victim surcharge and costs of £3551.

Sternlicht was also fined £4000, a £190 victim surcharge and costs of £3551. He plans to appeal the decision.

Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We will continue to target exploitative landlords to ensure that those living in shared accommodation have access to a good quality home and safe place to live in.

“Landlords and letting agents must ensure any properties they rent out are up to code and are licensed, where appropriate. Failure to do so is an offence which can result in prosecution or a fine of up to £30,000.”

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