Bolton Council has issued a £3,000 fine to a landlord after he failed to comply with an improvement notice.

Orian Kramer's property in Tonge Moor was deemed to be in a state of disrepair by inspectors following a complaint from the tenant, reports the Bolton News.

However, he took no action to remove the mould, rising damp and various other concerns which had been flagged up.

For example, the insulation was found to be of poor quality, while the property was not equipped with working heating systems.

Mr Kramer had been issued with the improvement notice in February as per the terms of the Housing Act 2004.

Inspectors returned two months later and found that no action had been taken in response, prompting a prosecution.

This comes after District of Easington Council announced that it is launching a clampdown in a bid to reduce the number of rogue landlords.

From next year, the authority will make sure prospective landlords meet various requirements before allowing them to let out their homes.

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