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Landlord fined £2,500 over house from hell

Grim: The filthy toilet inside the property which also had no heating or electricity PICTURES: SWNS

A ROGUE landlord has been fined almost £2,500 after tenants were kept in a disgusting house from hell which had no electricity, heating or shower.

Photos taken by Cambridge City Council shed light on the grim living conditions of the property which was occupied by four people.

Mountains of rubbish were piled up in both the front and back gardens while the bathroom had a filthy toilet and no shower.

Rogue: The landlord repeated numerous instructions from the council to improve the property

It also had no cooking facilities, no hot water, no working kitchen sink and inadequate fire safety precautions.

After the tenants of the property at 5 Holbrook Road in Cambridge complained to the council, an investigation was launched.

During the investigation, officers found evidence of dangerous living conditions, overcrowding and tenant harassment.

The council sent landlord, Noelle Salameh, 33, of Cambridge, a schedule of work to resolve the problems but subsequent inspections showed no improvement.

Overflowing: The back garden which contained mountains of rubbish

Ms Salameh, a midwife, was then served a formal improvement notice to compel her to comply with the law but, once again, inspections showed little meaningful improvement.

Council officers were left with no other option but to prosecute and she was found guilty of the charges brought against her at Cambridge Magistrates Court.

The court heard how Ms Salameh had ignored requests from tenants to be provided with heating, hot water and functioning fire alarms.

House of horrors: Tenants lived in disgusting conditions

Evidence was also heard that Ms Salameh had previously allowed more tenants to live in the property than could be safely accommodated.

Ms Salameh pleaded guilty to the offences in person and was fined a total of £2,478 with £1,370 costs and £108 victim surcharge.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: ‘Nobody renting a home should be subjected to these shocking conditions.

‘We are determined to take a tough line with rogue landlords who exploit their tenants for personal gain.’