We have welcomed the long-awaited legal action from Westminster City Council against the owners of 234 Portnall Road requiring them to take action to repair the property in the next three months.
After we urged the strongest possible action, the Council has served a Section 215 notice on the owners.
The Notice relating to 234 Portnall Road was served on 20th December 2019 and took effect on the 29th January 2020. There is a compliance period of 3 months from the date on which the Notice took effect.
The requirements of the Notice, which are set out below, must therefore be met by the 29th April 2019.
The Steps Required to be Taken
Remove all rubbish and debris within the front garden including, but not limited to the removal of all plastic chairs, timber, pots, building materials etc.
1. Remove all of the overgrown vegetation from the front garden.
2. Either remove or repair the damaged front boundary timber fence.
3. Repair and reinstate the side boundary fence between Numbers 234 and 232 Portnall Road.
4. Repair the front door, including the reinstatement of the glazing (currently boarded up)
5. Repair the 2nd floor window by replacing the broken glazing.
6. Prior to repainting, clean and prepare all external timbers (windows and doors) on the front elevation, removing in the process any flaking paint and replacing any rotten or perished timbers with replacement woodwork which is an accurate replica of the original design in terms of pattern, detail and profile, so as to ensure that all external timbers are in an appropriate condition for repainting.
7. Upon completion of step (6) above, repaint all external timbers in white with primer, undercoat and gloss.
8. Hack off any perished, unkeyed and cracked render/stucco from the front elevation of the property. Replace render/stucco so removed using suitable materials to match the existing render/stucco mix and finish.
9. Upon completion of step (8), repaint the render/stucco to match the colour of the exiting render/stucco.
10. Prior to repainting, clean and prepare all render/stucco, removing in the process any flaking paint, to ensure all external render/stucco is in an appropriate condition for repainting.
11. On completion of steps (6) and (7) above, repaint in white all render/stucco with a minimum of two coats of exterior paint.
Failure to comply with the Notice within the specified compliance period is a criminal offence. Should the Notice not be complied with, we can seek to take prosecution action for failure to comply with all or any of the requirements of the Notice.