Ashfield District Council have successfully prosecuted the owner of a dilapidated building in Ashfield for failing to improve the appearance of the building.
The building was visited by enforcement officers in November 2017 following a number of complaints that the property was in a state of disrepair. Windows were boarded up, paint was flaking and the gutter was broken and the property was generally not to the standard of properties on the rest of the street.
The Council contacted the owner requiring the completion of a schedule of works to bring the property and site up to standard within three months. Getting no response, in April 2017, the Council issued a notice requiring the defendant to take steps for remedying the condition of the property. Following a visit three months later, Council officers concluded that many of the requirements had not been complied with. A single Notice Procedure Notice was issued to the owner, and in his absence, the Court found them guilty imposing a penalty of £440 Fine, £778.10 costs and £44 Victim surcharge.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council says “The Council have a number of dilapidated buildings on our caseload, and although some of these owners are hard to find, we will find them to ensure that these buildings don’t remain a blight on our communities. This prosecution is a brilliant result for the Council and shows that we take disrepair seriously are committed to cracking down on these rogue property owners. We want them to know that we are coming for them.”