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Council and landlord team up to improve property in matter of weeks

Council Housing Enforcement Officer issued the landlord with the order after discovering several issues with the property.
A woman and her son were living in the property when the order was made. Some of the issues included:
1.    Damp throughout the property
2.    Free standing cooker not secured to the wall
3.    Cooker plugged into a wall socket, which runs the risk of an electrical/cooker fire
4.    Damp and mouldy kitchen cupboards
5.    Leaks to the sink, shower, boiler overflow, and wash hand basin.
6.    Missing brickwork
After the order was issued, the landlord worked closely with the council’s Private Sector Housing team to make the required improvements, which included a new shower room, new kitchen cupboards and new windows throughout the property. The property was also taken back to brick and mortar and totally re-plastered.
The council’s private sector housing enforcement officer inspected the property again on Tuesday 28 June and revoked the enforcement notice on the property on Wednesday 29 June as the landlord had done great work to vastly improve the property.
Councillor Syed Ghani, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety said: “We expect all properties in the borough to be of a high standard and for a tenant to feel at home and comfortable.  
“I’m pleased that this particular landlord realised that significant improvements needed to be made to the property and worked with our private sector housing team to make sure it was suitable for to be lived in.” 
If a Barking and Dagenham resident feels that their privately rented property is unsafe or in disrepair, they can report it to the council by emailing