Little Lever landlord 'shocked' by prosecution

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A LANDLORD taken to court by Bolton Council has said she was shocked to learn she had been prosecuted.

Joanne Parker, aged 41, was fined £4,000 by Bolton magistrates after being found guilty in her absence of failing to carry out repairs at a home she rented out in Ladyshore Road, Little Lever.

She said she only learned about being prosecuted after reading the report of the court case in The Bolton News.

Ms Parker said she did not receive a letter about the court date.

She added: “The house isn’t rented out now.

“It has been empty since May last year and is up for sale.

"I have been really good with tenants and given left a bottle of wine and a card when they move in.”

Bolton Council contacted Ms Parker last year following an inspection at the home in January, 2013.

The inspectors raised concerns about several things, including electrical installations and some flooring and asked her to do carry out the work.

Officers then served her an improvement notice and prosecuted her after the work was not carried out within a given time frame.

Ms Parker says she did not complete the work as the tenant was due to move out and was going to do the work and other improvements once the home was empty.


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She added: “Landlords just don’t have any say anymore. From my point of view it’s the tenants that have the say.

"I just couldn’t believe I was brought to court. I work hard. I am shocked it has gone this far. I am trying to clear my name.

“I’d have got the work done myself once the tenant had moved out. My advice to people would be not to invest in property.”

She said some landlords rent out homes to make money but she made little profit from the rental, making little over the buy to let mortgage costs.

Ms Parker rents out three other properties.

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9:06am Mon 17 Mar 14

marco999 says...

I'm appalled that a good, honest and benevolent landlord has been treated so unfairly like this.
I'm appalled that a good, honest and benevolent landlord has been treated so unfairly like this. marco999
  • Score: -13

9:46am Mon 17 Mar 14

Regulatory Man says...

So am I reading this correct. The repairs needing done were electrical and flooring and required due to safety inspection concerns. But the land lady was going to do these 'AFTER' the tenant had moved out.

Maybe I'm missing the obvious but if electrical and dangerous or of concern then shouldn't they be done straight away if persons living in the house.
So am I reading this correct. The repairs needing done were electrical and flooring and required due to safety inspection concerns. But the land lady was going to do these 'AFTER' the tenant had moved out. Maybe I'm missing the obvious but if electrical and dangerous or of concern then shouldn't they be done straight away if persons living in the house. Regulatory Man
  • Score: 48

10:10am Mon 17 Mar 14

brinhambo says...

What the hell has this to do with Bolton council ,they are not capable of looking after their own properties ,they should not interfere with private houses, it sounds feeseable to do the repairs when the tenant has left otherwise from experience the tenant would want a rent rebate for being inconvenienced, after all I would think it was the ungrateful tenant who contacted the council in the first place ,if it were me I would not pay the fine ,this interference has to stop ,we will have to contact Bolton council if we need to go the toilet ,
What the hell has this to do with Bolton council ,they are not capable of looking after their own properties ,they should not interfere with private houses, it sounds feeseable to do the repairs when the tenant has left otherwise from experience the tenant would want a rent rebate for being inconvenienced, after all I would think it was the ungrateful tenant who contacted the council in the first place ,if it were me I would not pay the fine ,this interference has to stop ,we will have to contact Bolton council if we need to go the toilet , brinhambo
  • Score: -25

10:38am Mon 17 Mar 14

BG2012 says...

@brinhambo Bolton Council do not own any council houses. Bolton at Home own them all who are not council! BH repairs team work very hard to maintain the properties. Maybe if people didnt ring up because their toilet roll holder was loose, or light bulb gone, or their radiator "fell off on its own".... because mine fall off all the time on their own.... then BH would be able to concentrate on the matters your referring to (not sure what they are because you didnt specify).
@brinhambo Bolton Council do not own any council houses. Bolton at Home own them all who are not council! BH repairs team work very hard to maintain the properties. Maybe if people didnt ring up because their toilet roll holder was loose, or light bulb gone, or their radiator "fell off on its own".... because mine fall off all the time on their own.... then BH would be able to concentrate on the matters your referring to (not sure what they are because you didnt specify). BG2012
  • Score: 5

10:53am Mon 17 Mar 14

angel79 says...

its about time something got done i myself have rented a few homes off private landlords who wont maintain the property .
only last year i had a fire and the landlord wouldnt even come out to assess the damage and there is always 2 sides to a story please remember that
its about time something got done i myself have rented a few homes off private landlords who wont maintain the property . only last year i had a fire and the landlord wouldnt even come out to assess the damage and there is always 2 sides to a story please remember that angel79
  • Score: 21

11:34am Mon 17 Mar 14

steveG says...

Bolton Council,who own Bolton at home,dont let anyone try to tell you different, have a large number of disgruntled tenants and would not,in any right thinking society,be allowed to stand as judge and jury against any of their competitors.
Bolton Council,who own Bolton at home,dont let anyone try to tell you different, have a large number of disgruntled tenants and would not,in any right thinking society,be allowed to stand as judge and jury against any of their competitors. steveG
  • Score: 7

11:38am Mon 17 Mar 14

BG2012 says...

@steveg Bolton at Home are a private landlord! They bought all the houses off the council!
@steveg Bolton at Home are a private landlord! They bought all the houses off the council! BG2012
  • Score: 3

1:01pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Changing times says...

Sounds like a shoddy landlord to me, don't bother carrying out any work and put people at risk and then act all surprised when they get caught out.

Seems to me she got what she deserved.
Sounds like a shoddy landlord to me, don't bother carrying out any work and put people at risk and then act all surprised when they get caught out. Seems to me she got what she deserved. Changing times
  • Score: 25

1:44pm Mon 17 Mar 14

hal pel says...

brinhambo wrote:
What the hell has this to do with Bolton council ,they are not capable of looking after their own properties ,they should not interfere with private houses, it sounds feeseable to do the repairs when the tenant has left otherwise from experience the tenant would want a rent rebate for being inconvenienced, after all I would think it was the ungrateful tenant who contacted the council in the first place ,if it were me I would not pay the fine ,this interference has to stop ,we will have to contact Bolton council if we need to go the toilet ,
Do you smoke crack? It's not O.K. for landlords to let out unsafe properties. Faulty electrics kill people, you idiot! As for Miss. Parker "making little over the buy to let mortgage costs.", I don't believe that for a minute. Why does she have a small "buy to let" property portfolio, if she's not in it for the money? Are we expected to believe that she's all heart?
[quote][p][bold]brinhambo[/bold] wrote: What the hell has this to do with Bolton council ,they are not capable of looking after their own properties ,they should not interfere with private houses, it sounds feeseable to do the repairs when the tenant has left otherwise from experience the tenant would want a rent rebate for being inconvenienced, after all I would think it was the ungrateful tenant who contacted the council in the first place ,if it were me I would not pay the fine ,this interference has to stop ,we will have to contact Bolton council if we need to go the toilet ,[/p][/quote]Do you smoke crack? It's not O.K. for landlords to let out unsafe properties. Faulty electrics kill people, you idiot! As for Miss. Parker "making little over the buy to let mortgage costs.", I don't believe that for a minute. Why does she have a small "buy to let" property portfolio, if she's not in it for the money? Are we expected to believe that she's all heart? hal pel
  • Score: 21

6:45pm Mon 17 Mar 14

claude34 says...

Bah are nothing to do with the council anymore. Bah is now a housing association and has been for the past few years. Its the landlord/ladys responsibility to maintain the property. The tnt prob moved out because she didnt
Bah are nothing to do with the council anymore. Bah is now a housing association and has been for the past few years. Its the landlord/ladys responsibility to maintain the property. The tnt prob moved out because she didnt claude34
  • Score: 3

9:20pm Mon 17 Mar 14

muffinnotbarm says...

In my experience landlords constantly make promises they never keep. I doubt that this lady was ever going to make the necessary repairs. I moved into a terrace and was told that the stains on the walls were from an old damp problem that had been fixed. I have no knowledge of this type of thing and was given free rein to decorate so I moved in. Within a month my soft furnishings and books etc were all covered in black spots and had to be destroyed. I was constantly told the damp would be sorted but it was always next week or next month when such and such a person was available. As soon as I didn't pay my rent so that the stinge would return one of my phonecalls I was asked to leave and as far as I'm aware the property still has damp.
In my experience landlords constantly make promises they never keep. I doubt that this lady was ever going to make the necessary repairs. I moved into a terrace and was told that the stains on the walls were from an old damp problem that had been fixed. I have no knowledge of this type of thing and was given free rein to decorate so I moved in. Within a month my soft furnishings and books etc were all covered in black spots and had to be destroyed. I was constantly told the damp would be sorted but it was always next week or next month when such and such a person was available. As soon as I didn't pay my rent so that the stinge would return one of my phonecalls I was asked to leave and as far as I'm aware the property still has damp. muffinnotbarm
  • Score: 8

10:29pm Mon 17 Mar 14

melloj says...

Cheeky b******s! What business is it of theirs! Wouldn't pay a penny of it. I'd go to jail first. My house, my rules.
Cheeky b******s! What business is it of theirs! Wouldn't pay a penny of it. I'd go to jail first. My house, my rules. melloj
  • Score: -13

10:35pm Mon 17 Mar 14

melloj says...

BG2012 wrote:
@brinhambo Bolton Council do not own any council houses. Bolton at Home own them all who are not council! BH repairs team work very hard to maintain the properties. Maybe if people didnt ring up because their toilet roll holder was loose, or light bulb gone, or their radiator "fell off on its own".... because mine fall off all the time on their own.... then BH would be able to concentrate on the matters your referring to (not sure what they are because you didnt specify).
Bolton at Home sent an electrician round to the house unannounced to service the mains electric board (that didn't need fixing) the engineer broke it and we had no running hot water. We called them to send the engineer back to fix what he'd broken, they had the nerve to tell us we had to wait 10 days because it wasn't an emergency! Outrageous!
[quote][p][bold]BG2012[/bold] wrote: @brinhambo Bolton Council do not own any council houses. Bolton at Home own them all who are not council! BH repairs team work very hard to maintain the properties. Maybe if people didnt ring up because their toilet roll holder was loose, or light bulb gone, or their radiator "fell off on its own".... because mine fall off all the time on their own.... then BH would be able to concentrate on the matters your referring to (not sure what they are because you didnt specify).[/p][/quote]Bolton at Home sent an electrician round to the house unannounced to service the mains electric board (that didn't need fixing) the engineer broke it and we had no running hot water. We called them to send the engineer back to fix what he'd broken, they had the nerve to tell us we had to wait 10 days because it wasn't an emergency! Outrageous! melloj
  • Score: 0

11:08pm Mon 17 Mar 14

claude34 says...

Bah dont service consumer units. And its impossible to break one doing a service as u so put it, cos u cant SERVICE a consumer unit. Bah have 18k properties sum people have not htg or ht water at all. They take priority. And service engineers dont hang on trees. Dont like it move into ur own prop and see wat u have to then urself to maintain it. Dont moan. Just vacate it
Bah dont service consumer units. And its impossible to break one doing a service as u so put it, cos u cant SERVICE a consumer unit. Bah have 18k properties sum people have not htg or ht water at all. They take priority. And service engineers dont hang on trees. Dont like it move into ur own prop and see wat u have to then urself to maintain it. Dont moan. Just vacate it claude34
  • Score: -4

11:20pm Mon 17 Mar 14

claude34 says...

melloj wrote:
BG2012 wrote:
@brinhambo Bolton Council do not own any council houses. Bolton at Home own them all who are not council! BH repairs team work very hard to maintain the properties. Maybe if people didnt ring up because their toilet roll holder was loose, or light bulb gone, or their radiator "fell off on its own".... because mine fall off all the time on their own.... then BH would be able to concentrate on the matters your referring to (not sure what they are because you didnt specify).
Bolton at Home sent an electrician round to the house unannounced to service the mains electric board (that didn't need fixing) the engineer broke it and we had no running hot water. We called them to send the engineer back to fix what he'd broken, they had the nerve to tell us we had to wait 10 days because it wasn't an emergency! Outrageous!
Didnt like my ans? Melloj
[quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BG2012[/bold] wrote: @brinhambo Bolton Council do not own any council houses. Bolton at Home own them all who are not council! BH repairs team work very hard to maintain the properties. Maybe if people didnt ring up because their toilet roll holder was loose, or light bulb gone, or their radiator "fell off on its own".... because mine fall off all the time on their own.... then BH would be able to concentrate on the matters your referring to (not sure what they are because you didnt specify).[/p][/quote]Bolton at Home sent an electrician round to the house unannounced to service the mains electric board (that didn't need fixing) the engineer broke it and we had no running hot water. We called them to send the engineer back to fix what he'd broken, they had the nerve to tell us we had to wait 10 days because it wasn't an emergency! Outrageous![/p][/quote]Didnt like my ans? Melloj claude34
  • Score: -2

11:17am Tue 18 Mar 14

MrBenggo says...

angel79 wrote:
its about time something got done i myself have rented a few homes off private landlords who wont maintain the property .
only last year i had a fire and the landlord wouldnt even come out to assess the damage and there is always 2 sides to a story please remember that
Yes there are two sides to every story,but every story is different.
[quote][p][bold]angel79[/bold] wrote: its about time something got done i myself have rented a few homes off private landlords who wont maintain the property . only last year i had a fire and the landlord wouldnt even come out to assess the damage and there is always 2 sides to a story please remember that[/p][/quote]Yes there are two sides to every story,but every story is different. MrBenggo
  • Score: 0

12:14pm Tue 18 Mar 14

adatherton says...

As a landlord, I can tell you that these Section 12 notices (to make a private landlord conduct essential repairs) are only issued in extremely serious cases, where the property is unsafe.
As a landlord, I can tell you that these Section 12 notices (to make a private landlord conduct essential repairs) are only issued in extremely serious cases, where the property is unsafe. adatherton
  • Score: 8

1:13pm Tue 18 Mar 14

B.met77 says...

Too many rip off landlords out there. Whether you pay privately or have assistance with housing benefit you are entitled to have repairs carried out. This property must be deemed as unsafe to be issued with such notice. The state of some of the properties facing St Peters Way and Bromwich St in The Haulgh should be examined - Im sure a few landlords are due fines in that area.
Too many rip off landlords out there. Whether you pay privately or have assistance with housing benefit you are entitled to have repairs carried out. This property must be deemed as unsafe to be issued with such notice. The state of some of the properties facing St Peters Way and Bromwich St in The Haulgh should be examined - Im sure a few landlords are due fines in that area. B.met77
  • Score: 4

11:18pm Tue 18 Mar 14

mick-t says...

BG2012 wrote:
@steveg Bolton at Home are a private landlord! They bought all the houses off the council!
They are a charity run by Bolton Councillors and the work done to the houses is paid for by Bolton Council! So quit being a smartarse and try reading the info on their website.
[quote][p][bold]BG2012[/bold] wrote: @steveg Bolton at Home are a private landlord! They bought all the houses off the council![/p][/quote]They are a charity run by Bolton Councillors and the work done to the houses is paid for by Bolton Council! So quit being a smartarse and try reading the info on their website. mick-t
  • Score: 0

9:46am Wed 19 Mar 14

atlas123 says...

mick-t wrote:
BG2012 wrote:
@steveg Bolton at Home are a private landlord! They bought all the houses off the council!
They are a charity run by Bolton Councillors and the work done to the houses is paid for by Bolton Council! So quit being a smartarse and try reading the info on their website.
No it isnt. The charity are raising (borrowing) money themselves to do the work. They are also rapidly finding out how much faster they are spending it than collecting it. There is currently an air of panic amongst the senior management and accounts departments. These managers and accountants are all ex public sector and have never had to worry about keeping the ship solvent and thus avoiding trading whilst insolvent and are on a steep learning curve. They now have all the shackles, excess pay and restrictive working practices coupled with the challenges of the private sector.

There is going to be massive changes at BAH in the next three years with none core function (i.e. providing housing) staff cut. As ultimately a housing provider BAH have no business carrying out what they call neighborhood management, running community centres, providing what should be council functions - what I call social engineering.

There will either be a gradual but rapid change with withdrawal from non essential areas over the next 3 - 5 years or an implosion in 3 - 5 years time.

It would be interesting to see what would happen if they went bust... (A not too unrealistic ending) Would the council step in to buy back the housing stock from the receivers/administra
tors at knockdown prices or would they stand back and let other larger housing associations pick up the stock leaving the council bereft of housing? One view is that once the BAH boat has sailed so far down the river the council will be happy to wave it over the waterfall from the safety of the embankment and then collect up the pieces, minus the debt which will be left with the private sector.
[quote][p][bold]mick-t[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BG2012[/bold] wrote: @steveg Bolton at Home are a private landlord! They bought all the houses off the council![/p][/quote]They are a charity run by Bolton Councillors and the work done to the houses is paid for by Bolton Council! So quit being a smartarse and try reading the info on their website.[/p][/quote]No it isnt. The charity are raising (borrowing) money themselves to do the work. They are also rapidly finding out how much faster they are spending it than collecting it. There is currently an air of panic amongst the senior management and accounts departments. These managers and accountants are all ex public sector and have never had to worry about keeping the ship solvent and thus avoiding trading whilst insolvent and are on a steep learning curve. They now have all the shackles, excess pay and restrictive working practices coupled with the challenges of the private sector. There is going to be massive changes at BAH in the next three years with none core function (i.e. providing housing) staff cut. As ultimately a housing provider BAH have no business carrying out what they call neighborhood management, running community centres, providing what should be council functions - what I call social engineering. There will either be a gradual but rapid change with withdrawal from non essential areas over the next 3 - 5 years or an implosion in 3 - 5 years time. It would be interesting to see what would happen if they went bust... (A not too unrealistic ending) Would the council step in to buy back the housing stock from the receivers/administra tors at knockdown prices or would they stand back and let other larger housing associations pick up the stock leaving the council bereft of housing? One view is that once the BAH boat has sailed so far down the river the council will be happy to wave it over the waterfall from the safety of the embankment and then collect up the pieces, minus the debt which will be left with the private sector. atlas123
  • Score: 0

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