Landlord couple Tarrek and Saria Aslam have been fined £5,260 after leaving their rented property in an ‘appalling state of disrepair’.
The Aslams ignored enforcement orders issued by Brent Council ordering them to carry out essential repair work, despite several reminders and meetings with Brent Council environmental health and housing officers.
The Aslams who are from Harrow were found guilty of leaving the property in Castleton Gardens in an appalling state of disrepair
Willesden Magistrates’ Court heard the flat was in an ‘appalling state of disrepair’, which included persistent leaks from the bathroom windows, a collapsed ceiling and severe damp and mould growth.
A Brent Council environmental health and housing officer made numerous telephone calls and sent letters giving detailed information on the works that needed to be done and also met Aslam at the Civic Centre in Engineers Way, Wembley, but still he failed to comply.
The husband and wife team were found guilty of failing to comply with the requirements of the improvement notice to the property and ordered to pay a total of £5,260 in fines and costs.
Cllr Margaret McLennan, lead member for regeneration and housing at Brent Council, told the Brent & Kilburn Times:
“Brent Council will crack down on rogue landlords who rent out homes in a terrible condition to tenants.
“The council is determined to improve standards of housing for local people, which is why we have introduced licensing for most private landlords.
“Under the scheme, private landlords will be checked to make sure they are suitable and homes will be inspected to make sure they are of a decent standard.
“Landlords without a licence risk a £20,000 fine.”
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