Landlords in Peterborough are being warned to maintain their properties - or they will end up paying the price.

The message comes after Maroof Hussain, a property owner in the city, received a fine of £870 for failing to comply with notices issued by the council.

According to the Peterborough Evening Telegraph, Mr Hussain's house in Cromwell Road was found to be suffering from "extensive disrepair".

Council officials discovered the problem in January 2006 and issued the landlord with a statutory notice, but he had failed to carry out repair work by the time they revisited the property two years later.

The work will now be carried out by the council, with Mr Hussain being forced to foot the bill on top of his £870 fine.

City council housing enforcement officer Peter Brezant told the newspaper that he was "pleased"with the level of punishment awarded.

"We hope that this will send a clear message to all landlords operating in the city about their responsibilities to maintain their properties and the penalties if they do not comply,"he added.

This comes after a landlord in Ipswich received a £1,000 fine for operating a house of multiple occupancy without a licence, the Evening Star reports.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18943891-ADNFCR

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