Mould and other hazards found during housing enforcement visits
Two Grimsby properties were visited by housing enforcement officers as part of an ongoing clampdown against problem housing.
Officers from North East Lincolnshire Council’s regeneration partnership with ENGIE were joined by Humberside Police and Home Office Immigration Enforcement when they visited two suspected houses of multiple occupation in Grimsby’s East Marsh ward.
The action taken was part of the ongoing Operation Trawl project which sees a number of agencies target private rented landlords who deliberately flout housing legislation.
Four people were found sharing the first property where mould and other problems were found.
The group occupied the property as two households and it should have been registered with the Council as a house of multiple occupation (HMO), which need additional safety precautions compared to a single family home.
At the second property, approximately five people were found sharing the house as an HMO.
During the visits officers found a number of suspected violations of laws for HMOs and the housing enforcement team is now working with the property owners to bring the houses up to standard.
The raids were part of a planned operation that could lead to formal action being taken against the person responsible for the property.
The Housing Enforcement team will now work with the owner of the property to bring the property up to the required legislative standards. This will help to protect vulnerable residents in the future and hopefully educate the owner.
If you feel you are living near to an overcrowded property, or worried that a property you are renting or letting meets current legislation, please call our team on 01472 324727 or visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/housing.
Cllr Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder responsible for housing at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
“Poor quality housing has all sorts of repercussions, not just on the quality of life of tenants, but also neighbouring properties and the wider community.
“If you manage, let or sublet a property, you need to make sure it’s safe and legal for your tenants to live there. If any in doubt, visit the housing pages on our website, www.nelincs.gov.uk/housing, or contact the housing team for advice.
“Landlords must make sure their HMOs are safe and managed in accordance with the law. You could be putting lives at risk if you don’t.”