Skegness flat closed by council using emergency powers

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A House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) in Skegness has been closed down using emergency powers.

East Lindsey District Council served an Emergency Prohibition Order on the owners of 34 Grosvenor Road after being alerted that the house was being used as a HMO without the owners applying for a licence.

A HMO has to meet strict fire precautions and other facilities in order for a licence to be granted.

Upon inspection, the district council claimed they found serious issues with the three-story property that were putting tenants at risk of harm.

These included no fire doors above ground level, and others which didn’t work. There also was no emergency lighting; fire extinguishers hadn’t been serviced for two years and there was no integrated fire alarm system.

Kitchen facilities were also an issue.

The Emergency Prohibition Order means the property must remain empty until the issues are properly addressed and the property made safe.

Portfolio Holder for Housing, Coun William Gray, said: “Upon inspection of this property, which was unlicensed, a range of issues were identified that need urgent attention.

“Under an Emergency Prohibition Order, tenants are required to move out with immediate effect and we have spoken with those affected to offer assistance in re-housing.

“This is a reminder to landlords who don’t maintain their properties that we will take action and it can be costly.”