An HMO landlord and his property company were fined nearly £40,000 after admitting 75 licensing, fire, health and safety offences at five shared houses in the same street.
Amarjit Sanger, 37, of Goodmayes, Essex, and ARJ Investments Limited, of which he is a director, let the poorly managed and dangerous houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Ilford, Essex.
Redbridge magistrates heard the HMO landlord’s tenants were even living in basements that had no windows or ventilation.
Redbridge Council housing officers catalogued a list of dangerous installations at the homes, including:
- Unsafe gas and electrical appliances
- Unsafe conversions undertaken without planning or building control consent
- No fire alarms or fire safety equipment installed
All the properties were in such a dangerous state for tenants, the council banned Sanger from letting the homes until a major refurbishment has been completed.
Councillor Michelle Dunn, cabinet member for housing said: “Redbridge is working hard to help drive up standards in the private rented sector and while the vast majority of HMO landlords manage their properties well, there are some who flout the law and place their tenants’ lives at risk.”
Wallasey HMO landlord Geoffrey Irving admitted failing to comply with a prohibition order by renting out an unlicensed HMO at Birkenhead Magistrates Court.
He was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £700 costs after admitting the charges.
Irving has already faced the court for failing to improve the property, an HMO with 18 tenants.
The prohibition order followed the original improvement notice as Irving had let the property without carrying out works to improve the property demanded by the council.
Landlord dumped rubbish illegally
Dumping an old kitchen down a country lane cost landlord John Seeley £1,175 in fines and costs.
Seeley let contractors take and dump the rubbish from a property he let out in Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire.
At Cambridge Magistrates Court, he admitted failing to properly dispose of the rubbish.