Three Oxford landlords have been fined a total of £11,000 after a Council purge on unsafe HMO rentals.

The three were successfully convicted of housing offences when their cases were brought by the Council and heard before Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Monday 18 July 2016.

Mr Abdul Saleem Chaudhry, 66, of Headley Way, Oxford, was prosecuted after the Council’s environmental health officers investigated a Shezan restaurant he owned in High Street, Oxford in January 2016.

Their Council inspector’s visit found three members of the owner’s restaurant staff living on the third floor in what was described as “a high-risk unlicensed House in Multipple Occupation (HMO), with two fire-safety faults”.

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In court Chaudhry pleaded guilty to managing an unlicensed HMO and two breaches of the HMO management regulations. His fines totalled £4,000 with in addition, surcharges and council costs of £1,436.

Mr Shoukat Khan, 44, of Duke Street, Oxford, was also prosecuted after the Council investigated the rented house he owned in Earl Street, Oxford in January 2016.

The property was already a licensed HMO, but the inspection found “nine conditions of his licence relating to fire safety and safety certificates had not been complied with”. At court Khan pleaded guilty to failing to comply with these HMO licence conditions. He received a fine of £2,000 and in addition was ordered to pay surcharges and council costs of £1,375.

Mrs Deborah May Humes, 57, of Inott Furze, Oxford, was prosecuted after a council officer paid a visit to the rented house she owned in Inott Furze in March 2016.

That visit by the Council Inspector discovered three unrelated tenants in the house, which also lacked two working smoke alarms or a fire door to the kitchen.

Humes pleaded guilty by letter to managing an unlicensed HMO and two breaches of the HMO management regulations. She received fines totalling £5,000 and in addition was ordered to pay surcharges and council costs of £1,238.

Cllr Alex Hollingsworth, Board Members for Planning, Transport and Regulatory Services, said:

“Oxford City Council will continue to pursue breaches of safety regulations for HMOs. We take this issue very seriously, and we urge landlords to make sure their properties comply with the rules.”

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