A “Rogue Landlord” from Birmingham has been ordered to pay a record fine of over £180,000 for her total disregard for tenant safety in her four HMOs.
Leila Amjadi, who runs Vertu Capital Limited, owner of four HMO rental properties in Selly Oak and Edgbaston, Birmingham, was labelled a “rogue landlord” after leaving her tenants living in unacceptable living conditions.
The ground-breaking fine resulted from Leila Amjadi’s Company being found guilty of 35 offences all relating to the four HMO properties in Selly Oak and Edgbaston.
Birmingham Magistrates Court heard that numerous complaints were made by her tenants about the poor maintenance of the properties. Offences included smoke detectors hanging loose from the ceilings, missing fire blankets, and missing or inadequate fire doors.
Amjadi – who herself lives in Sutton Coldfield – owns the properties in Dawlish Road, Oak Tree Lane and Pershore Road in Selly Oak , and Gillott Road in Edgbaston. She was found personally guilty of failing to obtain HMO licences, and for breaches under HMO regulations. Her company, Vertu Capital Ltd, was also found guilty of 21 offences.
The court was told that Amjadi had 10 years’ experience in the letting business and should have been well aware of her responsibility to obtain HMO licences.
The court heard that Amjadi, who earned significant income from her properties, deliberately used delaying tactics dealing with both her tenants and Birmingham City Council.
The district judge commented that Ms Amjadi was an “unscrupulous landlord who did not care for the health and safety of her tenants. Her behaviour and excuses resulted in them suffering unacceptable living conditions.”
Director of housing at the city council, Robert James, commenting that he was “delighted” with the financial punishment she had received, and had said:
“This is the largest fine that Birmingham has seen for these type of offences.
“It sends out a strong message to all landlords that Birmingham City Council will use all its enforcement powers to ensure that tenants are protected from rogue landlords who neglect their responsibilities”.
In total, with her fines, court costs and compensation payments to her tenants, Amjadi was ordered to pay £182,314.90.
See – The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England)
Regulations 2006 – here
[Image – Birmingham City Hall]