Lewisham council get tough on local property management company

04 April 2012 Categories: News

Lewisham council get tough on local property management company

Silver Wharf Ltd, a property management firm based in Catford was recently prosecuted by Lewisham Council over their poor management of a rental property under their control. The property, a large Victorian building, had started to undergo renovation and conversion into 5 self-contained flats when local residents complained to the council about the state of the building site.

When inspectors from the council visited the house there was found to be ten people already living in the potentially dangerous property. Inspectors also found a large number of violations of the HMO regulations, including unsafe electrical installations, inadequate security (as the front door was defective), leaking water pipes and unhygienic rubbish left within the property boundaries.

Silver Wharf was issued a notice and adequate time to resolve the issues however no attempt was made to complete any repairs.
Following a court hearing at the start of March this year, Silver Wharf Ltd was convicted on two separate accounts of ‘contravening the Management Regulations’ and were ordered to pay £4500 in total…an amount that has since put the company in administration.

Councillor Susan Wise said about the decision; “The Council is keen to work with responsible landlords, preferring to work with them to improve their properties. However, we will prosecute those who fail to take action, or those who ignore legal notices from the Council to improve.”