Inadequate property closed

OWNERS of a House of Multiple Occupation in Skegness have been told to close until they improve the living conditions for tenants.

The property at 52 Scarborough Avenue, which is owned by 52 Scarborough Avenue Limited, has become the second HMO in the last month to be closed due to sub-standard living conditions.

These include damp and mould, a defective fire alarm system, concerns about the condition of the electrical installation and lack of adequate heating. There are also issues with hygiene that need to be addressed.

In April 2011 East Lindsey District Council issued an Improvement Notice under the Housing Act 2004 on the former leaseholder of the property, who was recently declared bankrupt.

In the meantime, the property continued to deteriorate and in June the council served an Emergency Prohibition Order preventing anyone from living at the address until works have been carried out.

The District Council has also been forced to make the property and mains supply safe following a break-in and will be taking steps to recover these costs from the property owners.

Coun William Gray, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said everyone deserves to live in a good standard of accommodation: “We will continue to actively pursue those landlords who fail to maintain their properties and in not doing so are putting their tenants at risk of harm.”