AN OLDHAM landlord has been slapped with a hefty fine after failing to ensure his property was safe and clean for tenants to live in.

Christopher Mark Houghton, of Richmond Avenue, Chadderton, was hit with a fine of more than £2,000, plus costs of over £400 and a victim surcharge of £190 after being successfully prosecuted by Oldham Council.

An environmental health officer first visited the landlord’s private rented property on Alton Street, Oldham in September last year after receiving information about multiple faults, including dangerous electrics and a leaking toilet.

An Improvement Notice was served, which required Mr Houghton to carry out repairs at the property.

During a follow up visit in December officers discovered the work had still not been carried out, despite the warning.

The landlord also failed to communicate with the council, leading to the start of legal proceedings for failing to comply with an Improvement Notice under the Housing Act 2004.

On July 15, at Tameside Magistrates’ Court the Mr Houghton was fined £2,640, plus costs of £487 and a victim surcharge of £190.

He was found guilty in his absence.

Councillor Hannah Roberts, cabinet member for housing, said: “Everyone has the right to live in a safe and clean home.

“The council will take action against private landlords and owners who potentially put lives at risk by renting out substandard properties.”

Tenants living in a property that is dangerous or a risk to their health, should email: