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A man from Oswestry has been prosecuted after letting sub standard property in Wrexham.

Lloyd Spencer Wycherley, of Coppice Drive, Oswestry, was recently prosecuted in Wrexham Magistrates Court for failure to comply with an Improvement Notice made to ensure homes are safe and fit for purpose. He was fined £350 and ordered to pay £200 costs plus a £35 victim surcharge.

The property, at 3 Elm Cottages, Gatewen Road, New Broughton, Wrexham, , which was owned and managed by Mr Wycherley, was let to a family and was inspected by the Council’s Private Rented Sector Team where conditions were found to be below the required standards for habitation.

Cllr Mark Pritchard, Lead Member for Housing said: “As an authority we have a duty to ensure that private sector landlords are complying with the law. We have a good working relationship with the vast majority of landlords, and we are always willing to help them if they have any issues.

“However, we will prosecute those landlords who let sub-standard properties and fail to manage them appropriately. Every resident, whether they are in a council property or renting in the private sector, has the right to live in a good quality home.

“Our Private Rented Sector Team is in place to ensure that properties meet the required standards. Landlords can receive fines of up to £5,000 and this case should act as a warning to those who are operating illegally and refuse to co-operate with the council.”