Rogue landlord fined for health and safety breach
By |Published On: 27th July 2016|

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Rogue landlord fined for health and safety breach

By |Published On: 27th July 2016|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

Another landlord has been handed a substantial fine after refusing to adhere to an improvement notice on his property.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court issued a fine to Joseph Benedikt, after repeatedly refusing to carry out improvements on his cold and damp property in Chardmore Road, London.


Benedikt was given a fine of £2,000, told to pay £998 in costs and a £200 victim surcharge as a result of his negligence.

This hearing followed a previous guilty plea to further non-compliance with an Improvement Notice, relating to a different property in Corporation Road, Hendon, Sunderland. Mr Benedikt left the property in a poor state of repair, despite receiving a schedule of works from Sunderland City Council’s private housing team.

The property was found to have:

  • structural damage
  • inadequate heating
  • no insulation
  • damp
  • mould

As a result, conditions in the property were found to pose a serious health risk to the pregnant teen and her two children residing there. Despite this, Benedikt refused to bring the property up to acceptable standards.

Rogue landlord fined for health and safety breach

Rogue landlord fined for health and safety breach


Councillor Graeme Miller observed, ‘this prosecution is a demonstration of our willingness to take enforcement action against landlords whose rental properties fail to meet the required standards and a reminder of what can happen if they fail to meet their legal responsibilities.’[1]

‘It also shows what an important part the selective licensing scheme played in beginning the continuing process to improve private rented properties in Hendon, Miller added.[1]

Concluding, he said, ‘we always strive to work in partnership with private landlords and encourage them to join the accredited landlords’ scheme. We can achieve so much more by providing people with standards of rented accommodation they deserve and landlords with the type of tenants who will respect their properties and contribute to the communities that they’re living in.’[1]


About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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