Tory Landlord prosecuted by his own council
Just a week after MP’s reject legislation to force landlords to ensure rented accommodation are ‘fit for human habitation’ a Tory Councillor has admitted to being a rouge landlord after his own council prosecuted him.
Jonny Bucknell, 58, pleaded guilty to failing to carry out necessary improvements on a run-down home he lets following action by London’s Camden Council.
Bucknell represented himself over the home in posh Primrose Hill, north London, when he appeared on Thursday at Highbury Magistrates’ Court.
He will be sentenced on January 21 for failing to comply with an improvement notice to carry out specified works on a tenanted property in poor repair condition.
A spokesman for Labour-run Camden Council said: “He pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an improvement notice. Councillor Bucknell asked for more time to prepare his mitigation and the case was adjourned. Camden only takes criminal proceedings after it has carefully considered the facts of each case and considers that it is in the public interest to do so. We won’t be adding anything further until the sentence has taken place.”
Bucknell, who has sat on the council for at least five years, was reprimanded in April when he was spotted tucking into a roast duck dinner during a council meeting and demanded the rules should be changed after he was told to put down his cutlery by the mayor, Lazzaro Pietragnoli.