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Residential Property Tribunal. Chelmsford Borough Council; Improvement Notices

March 13, 2015

Property: 21 Beach’s Drive, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2NJ

Case Reference: CAM/22UF/HIN/2011/0008

The case concerned an appeal against an Improvement Notice after a Category 1 hazard of Excess Cold was identified at the property. The Improvement Notice was dated April 2011; alongside the Category 1 hazard above mentioned, some Category 2 hazards were also identified.

At the hearing, RWH Properties Ltd argued that the Category 2 hazards related to the external work and guttering had been carried out, the insulation had also been purchased but the internal work had not been completed due to the tenant not wanting the disturbance. They also argued that they had not been informed of the inspection.

The local authority in return, argued that they inspected the property at the request of the tenant and the agent receiving the rent had been informed. There were numerous factors for the tribunal to consider, including such things as whether the current heating system could heat the property adequately and cost effectively, whether the steps in the notice were excessive and the time frame for the work to be completed by.

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