Landlord Mohammed Yaqoob was ordered to repay £5,648 in housing benefit tenants paid him while renting unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO).
He admitted failing to licence the HMO at an earlier court hearing.
The house was inspected by Oxford City Council and found to be an unlicensed HMO when neighbours complained about tenants leaving piles of rubbish in the garden.
Councillor Ed Turner, the council’s deputy leader said: “This is a positive approach taken by the council to crack down on irresponsible landlords who do not take their duties seriously enough.
“This is part of a larger enforcement programme being implemented to improve standards in the private rented sector.”
Tenant jailed for farming cannabis
A tenant caught growing 194 cannabis plants worth around £200,000 in a rented house was jailed for three-and-a-half years at Liverpool Crown Court.
Paul McAskill, 46, had been to prison for growing cannabis plants and jailed for six years for importing cocaine.
The judge was told someone had rented the property for McAskill and the landlord had never met him.
McAskill, admitted producing Class B drugs.
Brothers fined for HMO lapse
Brothers Mohammed and Ahmad Samsam were each ordered to pay £700 in fines and costs at Oxford Magistrates Court for failing to give information about an HMO home to Oxford City Council within a statutory time limit.
The council wanted the information to decide if the home was an HMO that needed a license.
Landlord ignored council notices
Landlord John Welbourn failed to show at Harrogate Magistrates Court, North Yorkshire, to answer charges of failing to comply with an improvement notice and prohibition notice issued by Harrogate Council.
He was convicted and fined £6,500 with £4,426 costs in his absence.
The improvement notice required Welbourn to carry out safety checks on a defective fire alarm, gas and electricity supplies.
The repairs were not made, so a further notice barring him from letting the flat was served. Welbourn ignored this and let a new tenant stay at the flat.©LandlordZONE® – legal content applies primarily to England and is not a definitive statement of the law, always seek professional advice.