Jamshed Rana and Omar Rana must now each pay £20,000 plus costs after being found guilty of operating dangerous and unlicensed HMOs.

A landlord and manager of an HMO in Newport have been fined a total of £40,000 by city magistrates for risking their tenants’ lives.

Jamshed Rana, owner and landlord of two properties in Augustus Place (pictured), was found guilty in his absence of operating two unlicensed HMOs and several breaches of safety regulations.

The charges included serious breaches of fire safety regulations, rooms too small for habitation and exposed wiring to a hot water heater.

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He was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £460 plus a victim surcharge of £170.

Relative Omar Rana, of Kimberley Close, Luton, the manager of the two properties, was found guilty in his absence. He was also fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £460 plus a victim surcharge of £170.

Councillor Ray Truman, Newport City Council’s cabinet member for licensing and regulation, says: “Operating properties without the necessary fire precautions leaves tenants at serious risk of death.

“Regulations in relation to HMOs are there to protect and safeguard tenants so we take seriously any breaches of the rules. Landlords and property owners have to meet their obligations under the law, or we will not hesitate to take robust action.”

It follows another successful prosecution by Newport City Council earlier this year when a property management company and its director were fined more than £14,000.

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