ROGUE LANDLORD: Shocking pictures show despicable living conditions at property

Fungus in the property Mike Collins resided in.
Fungus in the property Mike Collins resided in.

A tenant has spoken out after his rogue landlord was hauled before the courts.

Martin Ambler, of Vincent Lane, Chesterfield, has been slapped with a £2,500 fine and handed a Criminal Behaviour Order for the shocking state of his properties.

Fungus in the property Mike Collins resided in.

Fungus in the property Mike Collins resided in.

Mike Collins, who used to live in one of Ambler's flats in North Wingfield, has shared these disgusting pictures which show fungus growing on his walls and damp.

He said he also had to throw out a number of his belongings - including a £140 Italian leather jacket - which had gone mouldy.

Mr Collins slammed Ambler and said he was pleased he had been exposed for his wrongdoing.

North East Derbyshire District Council's environmental health team received 11 complaints about waste accumulating at a property in North Wingfield owned by Ambler.

Fungus in the property Mike Collins resided in.

Fungus in the property Mike Collins resided in.

In addition, the authority received a large number of complaints about properties owned by Ambler in relation to damp and mould, lack of heating, blood-stained walls and faulty electrics.

Despite repeated requests to remove the waste, Ambler failed to comply and was served with a community protection notice (CPN) in February requiring it to be cleared within 14 days.

Although he contacted the district council and had a skip at the property, there was still a large amount of waste which he failed to clear.

The authority subsequently started court proceedings for his failure to comply with the CPN.

Damp in the property Mike Collins resided in.

Damp in the property Mike Collins resided in.

A district council spokesman said: "Despite the defendant pleading guilty, the magistrates' court imposed the maximum fine and the chair of the bench stated that the 'appalling nature of the offence justified this unusual step'.

"The problems became so bad at properties owned by Ambler that a neighbour considered selling their property and was too afraid to let their children play outdoors due to the presence of rats.

"A tenant of a different property was hospitalised as a result of the condition in which the property was let."

As well as the £2,500 fine, magistrates issued Ambler with a four-year Criminal Behaviour Order, stating it was 'both necessary and proportionate to prevent further such consequences'.

The disgusting state of the property Mike Collins resided in.

The disgusting state of the property Mike Collins resided in.

The order means he must not:

► Store or dispose of any controlled waste on any land under his control;

► Burn any waste or instruct someone else to burn any waste;

► Rent out any properties containing category one hazards under the Housing Act 2004.

And he was ordered to:

► Monitor and maintain all land under his control monthly so that it is kept free from waste;

► Monitor and maintain each property under his control annually to check for hazards under the Housing Act 2004;

► Join and/or remain in an accredited landlord scheme.

If Ambler breaches the order, he could end up in jail.