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Herefordshire landlord and company convicted of 11 housing-related offences

45 Broad Street Leominster

45 Broad Street Leominster. Photo credit: Google.

A rogue housing landlord has been convicted in a case taken by Herefordshire Council's Environmental Health and Trading Standards Service.

Mayya Kostyuk, along with her company Herford Housing Solutions Ltd, was successfully convicted of 11 housing-related offences at Hereford Magistrates Court on Monday 15 May 2017.

Herefordshire Council Environmental Health Officers gave evidence as to how company director Kostyuk and Herford Housing Solutions Ltd (not to be confused with Herefordshire Council's Housing Solutions team) had disregarded health and safety licensing requirements for a large shared house at 45 Broad Street, Leominster in March 2015. Magistrates found Kostyuk and Herford Housing Solutions Ltd guilty of significant overcrowding, allowing unsafe and prohibited areas for sleeping, and failing to provide an adequate means of escape in the event of fire. Fines, costs and charges totalled £3,030.

Accumulations in the fire exit and hallway

Accumulations in the fire exit and hallway

Marc Willimont, Head of Regulatory and Development Management Services for Herefordshire Council, said:

"This was one of the worst cases of overcrowding our officers had seen in a licenced House in Multiple Occupation - one tenant was even found sleeping in a boiler cupboard with no windows. Herford Housing Solutions Ltd and Mayya Kostyuk put profit before the lives of their tenants, and this result sends a clear message to other rogue landlords that such behaviour will not be tolerated.

"Herefordshire Council will continue to protect tenants' safety and the livelihood of our decent private sector landlords, who are in the majority."

If you have concerns about housing in breach of health and safety, email Herefordshire Council's Environmental Health and Trading Standards Service.

Published: Monday, 22nd May 2017