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Ex-Wales rugby player in bother over rented homes

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 06, 2011

A LANDLORD and former Wales International rugby player has appeared in court for failing to licence four properties.

David Weatherley, of Wellfield Road, Bishopston, also admitted 40 offences of failing to comply with regulations under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) (Wales) Regulations 2006.

Swansea Magistrates' Court heard the offences related to two-storey houses in Norfolk Street and Cromwell Street and three-storey properties in Terrace Road and St Alban's Road — all in Mount Pleasant.

Prosecutor Sarah Thyer- Hughes, said the council considered Terrace Road and Cromwell Street as "particularly high-risk" properties.

In relation to both addresses Weatherley, who played rugby for Swansea and Ebbw Vale, failed to ensure that "means of escape from fire were kept free from obstruction".

His solicitor Tim Jones told magistrates that such breaches were difficult to manage, as that if, for example, a chair was in front of fire escape areas, then that would amount to a breach.

He said Weatherley was in the process of rectifying all of the issues raised by the council.

Weatherley faced breaches in relation to each of the properties. Some of the breaches included failing to ensure that "every fixed electrical installation was inspected and tested at intervals not exceeding five years", failing to ensure that "water supply and drainage systems serving the HMO was maintained in good clean and working condition" and failing to ensure that hand rails and banister were kept in good repair.

He was fined £400 with £740 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

 
 

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