A husband and wife landlord team must pay £60,000 in fines and costs for house in multiple occupation licensing and management offences.
Thangam Rana and her husband Tahir admitted breaking a prohibition order on letting a room in a shared house and other HMO offences at Uxbridge Magistrates Court.
She was fined £55,000, her husband was fined £3,750 and both were ordered to pay costs totalling £2,725.
The court heard the house was making £2,395 a month in rents, but Hillingdon Council gave evidence that the property had poor heating, was without basic fire precautions, and had dangerous electrics and a gas leak.
The council also told the court Mrs Rana owes £16,000 in Council Tax on the property.
Councillor Keith Burrows said: “In this case the landlord was raking in nearly £3,000 in cash each month, from people living in appalling conditions and we will continue to pursue other rogue landlords.”
Third time in court for landlord
HMO Landlord Mokhtar Pouri was fined £1,500 after failing to repair a house in Rugby, Warwickshire.
At Nuneaton Magistrates Court, Pouri was prosecuted for the third time by Rugby Council for failing to comply with improvement notices.
Notices were first served on the property in November 2008 fire safety breaches. The property was also suffering from severe damp.
Other notices were served in 2010 and Pouri, of Nottingham, was prosecuted in May 2011 for failing to comply with the orders. He was prosecuted again in May 2012.
But despite work being carried out at the property, another inspection found a number of fire safety issues and more problems with damp.
Pouri denied four offences of failing to comply with improvement notices.
He was found guilty by magistrates, and was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £2,046 costs.
Landlord Carmine Salamone was ordered to pay £34,000 in fines and costs after admitting failing to comply with HMO regulations by magistrates at Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
The offences related to five HMOs.
Salamone, was fined £8,000 for breaching two prohibition orders banning setting up a bedroom in a dining room
He was fined also fined £15,000 for five fire offences and £2,000 for failing to provide heating and gas at another HMO
He must also pay costs of £8,920.
Students living in unlicensed home
Colchester Council prosecuted a property management company AJW Investments Ltd and directors, Anthony and James Weekes for illegally renting a house to five students.
Magistrates fined them a total of £19,000 for renting the HMO without a licence.
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