City landlord landed with a hefty fine for poor housing

The Oxford Times: . .

A LANDLORD will pay £2,450 after admitting he failed to safely maintain an East Oxford home.

Oxford City Council said Asim Ali’s House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) was found in a poor state of disrepair when it was checked in a routine inspection to see if he was complying with licence conditions and management regulations.

The inspection of the Boundary Brook Road property in September last year found the landlord had failed to display fire escape notices, not installed a handrail or bannister on the stairs, not kept parts clean or decorated, and light fittings were also inadequate.

He was also guilty of failing to display his details in the house.

Ali, also of Boundary Brook Road, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Monday, May 19, and admitted five breaches of the Management of HMO Regulations Act, which had been uncovered by city council HMO enforcement officers in the September visit.

The 30-year-old pleaded not guilty to three similar charges and they were dropped at the court hearing.

The city council prosecuted the case but said Ali’s solicitor had shown the court photos to demonstrate the repair work that has been taking place within the property since the officers inspected.

Magistrates fined Ali £300 for each of the five breaches and also ordered him to pay £950 towards the council’s costs. He was also told to pay a £30 victims’ surcharge.

Oxford City Council leader Bob Price said: “Our policy is to raise the quality of our private rented property sector.

“We have a successful scheme with more than 3,500 properties currently licensed to our standards but where landlords don’t conform to the requirements we’re prepared to be very tough on the areas where deficiencies are detected.”

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11:33am Mon 2 Jun 14

John Lamb says...

Slum landlord is now a glum landlord.
Slum landlord is now a glum landlord. John Lamb
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12:20pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

£2450........a hefty fine?
I don't think so, these dodgy landlords should be getting fines well into the tens of thousands, it might then stop them buying up properties left, right and centre, spending a few quid on them, and then making vast profits off people on low incomes.
£2450........a hefty fine? I don't think so, these dodgy landlords should be getting fines well into the tens of thousands, it might then stop them buying up properties left, right and centre, spending a few quid on them, and then making vast profits off people on low incomes. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 16

1:19pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Oxford Optimist says...

The worst of it is, that the vast profits aren't just made of people on low incomes; they are made off all of us, as so many people on low income need to claim Housing Benefit to pay thier rent. Private sector rents, even for crummy housing, are much higher than Council or Housing Association rents, and all that additional HB goes straight into the Landlords pockets, as opposed to being recylced to allow the Council or Housing Association to provide more housing. It's a scandal.
The worst of it is, that the vast profits aren't just made of people on low incomes; they are made off all of us, as so many people on low income need to claim Housing Benefit to pay thier rent. Private sector rents, even for crummy housing, are much higher than Council or Housing Association rents, and all that additional HB goes straight into the Landlords pockets, as opposed to being recylced to allow the Council or Housing Association to provide more housing. It's a scandal. Oxford Optimist
  • Score: 16

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