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Southend landlords fined for letting tenants live in squalid bedsits
10:20am Monday 18th March 2013 in News
A HUSBAND and wife who own a string of bedsits in Southend were fined nearly £5,000 after admitting they let tenants live in poor accommodation.
Mrs Yeun Ming Pang 64, and Mr Hon Shu Pang, 72, - who were once the subject of an Echo investigation into the state of their accommodation - pleaded guilty to a breach of management at 72 York Road.
A Southend Council officer visited the property after a complaint in January and found a hole in a bathroom, filthy and unsecured carpeting on the stairs, blocked drainage gulleys outside the property and damp in all the bedrooms.
The council said the Pangs had ignored warnings to improve the bedsit’s conditions.
Southend Magistrates’ Court heard that the property, which has four bedsits, had also been a haven for drug users, prostitution, and other crimes.
Tessa O’Connell, prosecuting, said: “The council had sent the Pang family legislation on the upkeep of multipule occupation houses, so there can be no defence for that. They were aware of the regulations.
“One of the occupants had complained about damp and mould in his room. When he contacted the Pangs, he was told he should have opened up his windows.
“It is for the council to constantly nag the defendants – they are the landlords and should be keeping up with the maintenance of their properties.”
The Echo had previously exposed the Pang family, which revealed that their two of their properties in 2009 failed to meet Government standards for habitation,