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Council brands property manager "unscrupulous" in HMO licensing case

A local authority has issued a press release branding a landlord as “unscrupulous” after he was ordered to pay £7,300 in fines and costs. 

John Mark Cashin has been prosecuted by Sheffield council for multiple offences relating to four of the properties he managed in the city, to which he pleaded guilty. 

These were for safety breaches and for failure to licence two of the homes as a house of multiple occupation.

A court heard how Cashin promotes himself as a professional property manager and encourages property owners to use his services. The council prosecutor stated that Cashin was thought to manage 28 properties, yet he claimed in court that he was unaware of the legal requirements for private rented housing.

The court heard about safety hazards in the properties including severe damp, leaking bathroom waste and missing smoke alarms which put his tenants in danger. 

A council spokeswoman says: “The government has told councils to get tough on private landlords that are not complying with the rules and are exploiting their tenants. Sheffield has proved yet again that we’re at the forefront of clamping down on rogue landlords and improving the living conditions for thousands of people across the city. We’ve already been praised for this – and we’re going to carry on.”

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