A property owner has been taken to court for failing to bring a house ‘up to a reasonable standard’.
Hyndburn council officers visited the property on Arnold Street in Accrington and found the lower ground floor window at the front was boarded up, the front first floor window was smashed and the front of the house needed repainting.
They contacted owner Halima Shadia Rashid ‘on several occasions’ requesting work be carried out on the house to bring it ‘into a state of repair’. The council said this was not done and they were ‘left with no option’ but to take her to court.
Rashid, 24, of Ormerod Street, Accrington, was found guilty in her absence at Hyndburn Magistrates Court of failing to comply with a council notice and was ordered to pay a £1,000 fine, £500 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.
Coun Clare Cleary, cabinet member for housing, said: “The council always gives the owners of properties like this the chance to bring them up to standard. But our requests, plus a section 215 notice were ignored, landing this owner in court.”