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Non-compliant Warrington landlord prosecuted over Prohibition Order

22 November 2022

WARRINGTON BOROUGH Council has brought a successful prosecution against Yousaf Younas of Cartier Close in Warrington, who had not complied with a legal Health and Safety notice on a property he owned in the town.

Specifically, Younas had failed to comply with a Prohibition Order served on him with respect to the privately rented property at 58 Fitzherbert Street. The Prohibition Order negated the use of a ground floor bedroom adjacent to the kitchen at the premises due to “serious fire safety concerns” and required works to be carried out before it could be occupied once again.

After the Prohibition Order was served, inspecting officers found the bedroom in use by a couple with a young baby. Younas had failed to take any action to prevent the use of the bedroom or to carry out any works recommended by Warrington Borough Council to reduce the fire risk posed.

On Wednesday 26 October, the case was heard at Warrington Magistrates’ Court. Younas entered a guilty plea.

Hitesh Patel, Warrington Borough Council's cabinet member for the environment, housing and public protection, said: “This successful prosecution serves as a warning to other landlords that we will not hesitate to prosecute those who fail to comply with legal notices and don’t take the Health and Safety of their tenants seriously.”