Landlord fined over rubbish

Rubbish at the property in Athol Road, Sunderland.
Rubbish at the property in Athol Road, Sunderland.
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A NOTORIOUS landlord has been fined after he left a mountain of rubbish to build up at one of his run-down properties.

Joshua Dansky, dubbed “Britain’s worst slum landlord” in a TV documentary, was found guilty of allowing items including video recorders, car parts and a sofa, to be dumped in the back yard of the house in Athol Road, Hendon.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court was told how council officers made repeated visits to inspect the house last year and issued his firm, Dreamport Properties, with official warnings about its condition, safety and security.

However, they failed to receive a response.

Prosecutor Jim Wotherspoon said the property also became a popular target for firebugs, who started a series of blazes in the back yard.

Dansky, who did not appear in court, was convicted of failing to comply with a litter abatement notice and failing, without reasonable cause, to comply with a litter clearing notice requirement.

The 31-year-old was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £592 in costs.

Chairman of the bench Joan Heckles said: “He has repeatedly ignored the notices issued by the council in respect of the condition, safety and security of the property, which must have been extremely distressing to neighbours.”

Sunderland Council welcomed the outcome of the Dansky case and vowed to improve neighbourhoods for all residents in the city.

A spokesman said: “We hope that his prosecution sends out a clear message to all landlords, that we will not tolerate properties which are unattended and left to become a magnet for waste and fly-tipping.

“The city council is working hard to improve housing standards across the city, and working in partnership with landlords is one of the ways we are striving to achieve this.

“To that end, we have introduced a Selective Licensing scheme in Hendon, in partnership with Back on the Map, which covers approximately 500 houses.

“Through the scheme we aim to raise the standard of properties, and ensure proper management of the private rented sector in the area.”