Rogue landlord in Kent fined £32,000

judgeA landlord from Kent has been severely fined for breaches in Gas Safety legislation in each of the five properties in his portfolio.

Medway Magistrates’ Court heard that as a result of a joint intervention by Medway Council Housing Officers and the Health and Safety Executive, statements were collated from various tenants of the landlord, Nitin King.

Hefty fines

Mr King, of Bredgar, Sittingbourne, was fined £32,000 and ordered to pay £4,560 in costs, after pleading guilty to four charges to breaches of Regulation 36 (3) of the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1998.

It was not the first time that Mr King had appeared in court. In March this year, he appeared in front of magistrates after it was discovered that he had left tenants living in a house in Luton Road, Chatham, with hazardous steps and stairs.

What’s more, he appeared at the same court and pleaded guilty to five counts of failing to comply with an improvement notice. King was fined £11,000, alongside costs of £3,050 and £120 victim surcharge.

Shockingly, according to the Medway and Maidstone News, Mr King owns and manages in excess of 250 Medway rental properties.

 

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