For any company like ProBathroom, it’s expected that some cases will require more work and effort than others, but there are some homes and bathrooms that are so terrible, they could very well count as achievements in ignorance.
That was exactly the case with one notorious property in Manor Park borough, a property in such a dilapidated that the Newham Council itself called it a ‘house of horrors’. The rundown property, located in Fourth Avenue, has three bedrooms, and a non-functioning bathroom, which meant that the tenants had to use an outside loo.
The property was rented by a family with two kids, who were forking over £700 every month to live in the damp property, which, on top of all of that, had rotting floorboards and staircase, exposed electrical wiring and crumbling walls. Not only was the house unsanitary, it was straight up unsafe, as the chimney breasts were removed in the past, but there were no reinforcements in place to compensate and make the property structurally sound.
The landlord had already received a prohibition notice in the past, which prohibited him from renting the property out until it was properly renovated and up to standards, but that notice was ignored. Only after being legal action did that landlord give up the property, opting to sell it.
The new owner then worked on the property, calling on fitters like ProBathroom, to refurbish the three-storey, four bedroom home into a liveable state. Following an environmental health inspection by the local authorities, the prohibition notice has been lifted and the property is now licensed to operate as a House in Multiple Occupation for up to 10 people.
A member for housing in the Manor Park City Council, Councillor John Gray, says that this was one of the worst cases that he’d seen of a rogue landlord taking advantage of desperate and vulnerable people looking for homes. He described the property, in no uncertain terms, as a death trap, a blight on the area, and a hazard for both tenants and nearby properties.
With time and effort, the property licensing team managed to turn the property into something decent and liveable. Councillor Gray says that this case only emphasizes the need for private property licensing.
Newham law demands all rented homes have proper licensing, and any landlord found operating without a license can face penalty notices of up to £30,000, or the courts could issue an unlimited fine to the offenders.