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Council raids sub-standard property to protect tenants

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council have executed a warrant at a sub-standard house which was occupied by a number of migrant workers.

Using The Housing Act 2004, which gives the power of entry to any property suspected of being a house in multiple occupation the Council, in co-operation with Leicestershire police, planning enforcement and modern slavery teams has taken safe control of the property.

Poor living conditions in the house included: lack of fire precautions, or means of escape , no heating and no refuse disposal. In addition the landlord and his agents allowed the house to be occupied without an House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence being in place - for which a pending criminal prosecution may still be brought.

The investigation into the landlord’s activities continues, but in order to protect the tenants health, safety and security, an Interim Management Order has been served on the occupiers and the landlord. The effect of the order, for all practical purposes, gives the management and control of the property to the Council.

David Gill, Oadby & Wigston Borough Council’s Head of Law and Governance said: “This is a great example of partnership working between the Council and other agencies. This partnership approach is at the heart of our goal in ensuring correct health and safety compliance by landlords and improving living conditions for private tenants who wish to reside in the Borough.”

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