Landlady in Hot Water For Leaving Tenants Without Hot Water

6th Jul 2011

A Runcorn landlady who allowed her tenants to go without hot water for four months has been fined £750.

In April this year, Halton Borough Council received a complaint from Lizzie Norton, one of three tenants at a property owned by Teresa Kirk, 44, of Pochard Rise, Runcorn. After investigating the complaint, environmental health officers found she was in breach of an abatement notice served under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 pertaining to a property she owned in Limekiln Row, Runcorn.

At the hearing, Miss Norton claimed that she and her fellow tenants had been forced to go without any hot water over a four month period. After making her landlady aware of the situation, an environmental health officer went out to visit the property.

On 19 April, a statutory notice requesting Kirk to carry out remedial work to restore a hot water supply at the dwelling was hand delivered to her at her Runcorn home. The notice gave her a week to comply with the requirement. However, after more than three weeks, no attempt had been made to repair the boiler, so Kirk was charged for her failure to comply with the order.

Despite failing to attend the hearing at Runcorn Magistrates Court last month, Kirk was handed a £525 fine, together with the mandatory £15 victim surcharge. She was also ordered to pay £180 towards the council’s costs.