A rogue landlord has been handed a £8,852 fine for failing to fix a long list of safety hazards at his three flats.

Fenland Council housing officers found broken fire alarms and fire doors, damp, severely worn stair carpets, poor heating and security, as well as warped and rotting windows at the block of flats in Alexandra Road, Wisbech.

It served improvement notices on former insurance broker Paul Coulten, but when it found the work hadn’t been done, issued him with five civil penalty notices.

The 80-year-old – who had converted a former warehouse into flats at the rear of his offices (pictured) – appealed against one of the penalty notices relating to defective windows, which a first-tier tribunal has now dismissed.

Family promises

Coulten’s family say they only recently become aware of the issues at the flats, have promised to get them fixed urgently and to bring in a managing agent.

His wife adds that he is in poor health and failed to tell family members about the ongoing legal battle.

Councillor Samantha Hoy (pictured), portfolio holder for housing, says: “Fenland District Council is committed to protecting residents from substandard and dangerous living conditions, supporting good and improving landlords and taking a robust stance against criminal landlords.

“We will not hesitate to use legal powers to improve standards in the private rented sector and property owners who place the health and safety of tenants at risk can expect enforcement action to be taken against them.”

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