A landlord whose property had rotten windows and damp has been fined £1,000.

John Russell appeared at St Helens Magistrates Court on December 17th and pleaded guilty to a level 5 offence of non compliance with a Housing Act Improvement Notice, according to 24dash.com.

Environmental health officers from the local council had inspected the house in October 2008.

Rotten windows, broken stairs and lack of gas safety certificate were some of the problems they reported.

St Helens Council tried to work with Mr Russell and his wife informally but eventually served them an Improvement Notice.

The young female who was renting the property "was forced to live in sub-standard and unhealthy conditions for an extended period of time", the website noted.

After six months of failing to comply with the notice, the landlord was summoned to court.

The Housing Act states that anyone who does not comply with an improvement notice has committed an offence.

Mr Russell was also fined costs and victim surcharge. His property is now empty.

Written by Sarah FieldADNFCR-2002-ID-19519111-ADNFCR

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