HMO landlord Gary Samuel has become one of Britain’s most notorious rogue landlords after a council prosecuted him for the third time in two years.
Cardiff City Council has branded him a ‘rogue private landlord’ for failing to protect the health and safety of tenants renting a home in the city.
HMO landlord Samuel’s first brush with the council was in 2012, when he was fined £1,200 by the city’s magistrates for failing to carry out repairs at the house in Corporation Road and breaching house in multiple occupation (HMO) management rules.
The council says repeated efforts were made to try to encourage Samuel to comply with HMO rules, but these were ignored.
As a result, he was taken back to court and fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £200 costs.
Following this hearing, Samuel was ordered to provide documentary evidence that he was properly managing the property. These included:
- The current and immediately previous gas certificates for this property
- A current electrical installation condition report for the property
- A current energy performance certificate for the property.
- The current fire alarm commissioning or test and inspection certificate for the property.
- All current tenancy agreements.
- Certified rental accounts for the past three years for the property.
The council received no response, so took the landlord to court for the third time.
Samuel failed to attend the hearing at Cardiff Magistrates Court and was convicted. The court ordered he should pay another £200 fine and £220 costs.
Councillor Bob Derbyshire, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Regulatory Services in Cardiff, said: “This was a particularly serious case where a rogue private landlord thought it acceptable to ignore the legislation that is in place to protect tenants.
“The council will continue to pursue this minority of landlords in the private sector in order to ensure that people are housed in conditions which do not pose a risk to their health or safety.”
Samuel was unavailable to comment.