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A landlord fraudster claimed thousands of pounds in benefits while hiding nearly £60,000 in a friend’s bank account and letting out a buy to let house.

Carl Sandring, 51, had raked in almost £32,000 by falsely claiming benefits, a judge at Manchester Crown Court heard.

Pleading guilty to two offences of dishonestly claiming benefits, Sandring admitted he had sold a house for £58,000 just before starting to claim benefits and managed to hide his fortune for five years.

He was also landlord of another house worth £47,000.

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Sandring was sentenced to six months in jail suspended for two years and a four month curfew.

He was also told to return to court in February for a confiscation hearing that could see him serve more time in jail unless he sells his buy to let investment to clear his fines and repay the benefits he owes.

HMO ban

Meanwhile, landlords Kevin Taylor, has to pay £24,250 after admitting to fire safety offences in an unlicensed house in multiple occupation.

Taylor was fined £16,750 and ordered to pay £7,500 court costs after pleading guilty to seven offences at Watford Magistrates’ Court.

He will also face a ban on holding an HMO licence.

The case was Welwyn Council’s third successful HMO prosecution during the past six months.

Councillor Roger Trigg, executive member for housing and community, said: “I am pleased at the outcome of this case. Along with the two other recent successful prosecutions, this demonstrates that the council takes the safety of private tenants very seriously.”

Plumber’s lies

Milton Keynes plumber Andrew Barnes was fined £900 with £525 costs and made subject of a three-year conditional discharge despite putting householders at risk by carrying out gas fitting work while unqualified and unregistered.

Trading as APB Home Services Ltd since 2006, Barnes ignored three warning letters from the health & Safety Executive and advertised as a registered gas engineer.

Milton Keynes Magistrates Court was told Barnes was a plumber for over 30 years but had never been trained to work with gas and neither he nor his company had ever been on official gas safety registers.

Despite that, CORGI and Gas Safe logos were prominent on his paperwork and website, while he regularly issued landlord gas safety records.

He admitted three gas safety offences.

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