Nottingham landlord fined for endangering tenants
Posted 16/02/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
North Circus Street, Nottingham landlord Sukhvinder Singh Swali, 44, has been fined £3,650 by Nottingham Magistrates’ Court for putting his tenant’s lives in danger. He pleaded guilty to breaching four housing laws and management regulations.
A fire broke out in the flats in February 2015. After an investigation into the cause of the fire it was found that the electricity supply was illegally bypassed. It was also found that the fire alarm system was not working putting tenant’s lives at risk. Swali pleaded guilty to breaching three management regulations that related to firefighting equipment, fire alarms and failing to licence the property. Under the Housing Act 2004, owners of ‘multiple occupancy houses’ with 5+ residents over 3+ storeys are required to own a license.
Another Nottingham landlord has been fines over £12,000 for leaving the property in dangerous condition. Goldman Estates in Lenton Boulevards’ Company Director, Sam Goldman, was took to court by Nottingham City Council’s housing team after failing to licence the building, Mansfield Road home, the total fine was £12,620. Sam pleaded guilty of breaching eight regulations relating to failing to ensure sufficient fire safety and allowing waste and building materials to be left.
The ruling came after the Nottingham City Council’s announcement that they would target rogue landlords who fail to maintain their properties and keep it to a good condition. An award of £151,079 has been given to the authority to help improve the quality and safety of privately-rented accommodation. This new campaign will focus on landlords who put residents’ health, safety and welfare at risk. Councillor Jane Urquhart, portfolio holder for planning and housing, said: “Raising the standards of privately rented accommodation in this city is an ambition, commitment and priority for the council as all tenants should be able to enjoy living in decent and safe homes.”
Over 850 calls have been received by the council’s housing team since January about the housing disrepair. The authority said some homes were found to be overcrowded, damp, dangerous electrics, unsanitary conditions and had rats. A total of 27 properties were thought to be too dangerous to have residents living there and had to be closed. Councillor Jane Urquhart added “The conditions found by our officers at this property were extremely worrying with multiple breaches of fire safety regulations which could have had serious consequences”
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