Skegness hotel ‘to close’ - ELDC

THE OWNER of a House of Multiple Occupation in Skegness has decided to close rather than carry out work to make it safer for tenants, the district council has revealed.

Although advertised as a hotel the property was found to be operating as a HMO and had failed to apply to East Lindsey District Council for a licence to use the property in this way.

East Lindsey District Council served a Prohibition Order on Woodlands Hotel at 94 Drummond Road, Skegness, following an inspection in July.

During the inspection the HMO, run by Woodlands Hotel UK Ltd, was revealed to have a number of Category One and Category Two hazards that the council feared were putting the tenants at risk of harm.

Hazards identified included a lack of an adequate fire alarm system, lack of food storage/preparation facilities, and lack of appropriate heating.

The Prohibition Order on the property prevents anyone from living there until the necessary repair works are carried out and comes into effect on September 7, having given the landlord 28 days to comply.

Portfolio Holder for Housing, Coun William Gray, said: “This is another important step forward in our work to ensure HMOs are up to an acceptable standard.

“Landlords will not be allowed to flout housing regulations and put their tenants at risk and we will take action against those that do.”

The Woodlands Hotel is currently marketed online as being up for sale at a price of £230,000.

There was no answer on the hotel’s phone when the Standard approached them for comment before going to print.

HMOs owners face a fine of up to £20,000 if they fail to be properly licensed.

Anyone who is operating a guest house or hotel in this way is urged to contact the district council for advice on whether they are operating legally.

If they are, in the first instance they will be given an opportunity to comply.