Rogue landlord found guilty and fined for refusing to provide bins

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Rogue landlord found guilty and fined for refusing to provide bins

A rogue landlord who didn’t provide bins for his tenants, leading to bags of rubbish being dumped next to a river, has been fined. 

Roger Howarth, of St Marys Street, Wallingford, was rumbled after fly-tipped waste on Park Road Bridge by the River Medlock was linked to a property he owned in November 2019. Environmental enforcement officers found evidence in a large number of bin bags and traced it to the house in Hollins Road, which had no waste bins.

Dangerous

Howarth – who is registered under Oldham Council’s selective licensing scheme – was told to order the tenants new ones. During the visit it was also discovered that the electric meter was dangerous and needed to be replaced, however, a follow-up visit found the bins hadn’t been ordered and waste was still piled up in the back yard, while the electric meter had also not been replaced. Officers had to resolve the issue with the energy supplier. A third visit discovered the waste situation had still not changed.

Howarth was found guilty at Manchester Magistrates Court of breaching the Housing Act by not complying with selective licence conditions. The 68-year-old was fined £1,000, with a £100 victim support, plus costs of £1,575 were awarded to the council.

Good result

Hannah Roberts, cabinet member for housing, says: “This prosecution is a good result and is down to the hard work of officers who followed up a report of fly tipping and have made a sub-standard home safe. It is much more expensive to lose in court than to be a decent landlord.”

A consultation on extending Oldham’s selective licensing scheme finished earlier this year and the outcome is expected soon.

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The number of buy-to-let acquisitions made by landlords nearing retirement age increased by more than half following ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Buy-to-let acquisitions rises in landlords over 60 following re-opening of housing market | LandlordZONE.

Buy-to-let acquisitions rises in landlords over 60 following re-opening of housing market

The number of buy-to-let acquisitions made by landlords nearing retirement age increased by more than half following the re-opening of the housing market – more than any other age bracket.

There was a 52% increase in buy-to-let purchases made by landlords aged between 60 and 64 in the 12 months to the end of June 2021 compared to the same period the previous year, according to Paragon Bank. However, as a proportion of the overall market, this age bracket remained the second smallest at 5% of buy-to-let purchases.

Distinct spike

MD Richard Rowntree says the distinct spike could have been prompted by low returns from savings and stock market volatility as older investors looked to boost retirement income. “The pandemic may have also led to an increase in people around this age deciding to either take redundancy or early retirement, which would have given them potential access to a lump sum of money to invest, or they are simply experienced landlords who took advantage of the stamp duty holiday to lower their purchasing costs,” says Rowntree. “Of course, sadly, inheritance can also result in a one-off cash boost.”

Encouraging

Landlords aged between 40 and 44 recorded the second highest percentage increase at 49%, while this group also saw the greatest increase as a proportion of overall purchases, rising from 15.2% of the market in the year to the end of June 2020 to 16% this year. The third highest increase was among 55 to 59-year-olds (45%), while over 65s recorded the smallest increase at 26%.

Rowntree adds: “It was also encouraging to see the majority of purchases in terms of absolute numbers being made by those aged between 35 and 50. This suggests that there’s a strong pipeline of younger landlords growing portfolios.”

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