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£29,000 fine for company behind rat-infested "filthy, verminous" flat

A firm has been fined £29,000 after a rental property was found to be - in the words of Nottingham city council - in a filthy and verminous condition with a rat infestation.


Nottingham HMO Ltd, directed by Nazaquat Azam and previously by Yusif McCallum, was found guilty of breaching HMO management regulations and failing to respond to a demand for information made by the local council. 



Nottingham Magistrates’ Court fined the business £19,000 for failing to comply with a number of HMO regulations, and £10,000 for failure to respond to a notice requesting information under Section 16 of the Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1976. The court also awarded costs of £1450.


A council team originally visited in January 2016 to assess the property for suitability for a HMO licence. The authority says that during the inspection the property was found to be in a state of disrepair with serious lapses in the management of the dwelling. 

This included the property having no working fire detection system and the integrity of the fire doors being compromised due to damage. “The house was in a filthy and verminous condition with an infestation of rats in the kitchen” says a council statement. 

The licence has since been refused.

A council spokeswoman says the firm “completely ignored the advice given to them for their own financial gain, placing their tenants at the risk of harm” and created a “profit before safety” culture. 

  • Mick Roberts


    This will probably be in tomorrow's Post.

    Facebook Licensing only 7,000 Landlords have come forward so far.
    25,000 Licenses still han't been paid or forthcoming.
    We now can't do repairs like new bathrooms and kitchen, so our houses are now becoming worse cause of Licensing.

    The problem is, and Steve and Anton are great blokes, it's the good tenants and the good houses and the good Landlords that are paying the £780 EACH house, they've been taxed, so the council can now go get the bad ones with OUR YOUR money. Is that fair?
    We'd say like a refund from the fines off the bad Landlords when u get em WITH OUR £780. What have we got with our money?

    What about the tenants who have now been made homeless-And there has been many cause their Landlords have been tipped over the edge and have now sold cause of the Licensing whopping extortionate fee when a Wales council Licensing fee is only £144. And the conditions that no tenant signed up to?

    Please forward share video & text to all Private tenants & Landlords



    The New tenant Tax Nottingham Council expects
    private tenants to pay-Selective Licensing
    The truth about Nottm Council putting private tenants rents up

    Licensing cost £780 PER HOUSE

    Accreditation cost roughly £100 per house

    Electrical certificate £140 EACH HOUSE + average works per house £97 as stated by Government

    Floorplans each house £30
    Inventory each house £45
    Average works per house to bring to Newbuilds regs: £1000

    Total cost £2192 per private tenant-And council houses don’t have to do it-Why not?
    Who’s paying for this? ‘Cause I’ve been renting houses for 20years & when costs go up, the rent has to, to cover it

    Payable UP-FRONT-Not weekly like the council will have you believe

    Insisting on all tenants having a reference before giving them a house, effectively meaning a lot of Housing benefit tenants can no longer have a house-Where they gonna’ live?

    Landlord has to criminal check himself

    Landlord has to prove he has Right to live in UK

    You rattle on about this £2pw. Your phone contract-Is it £20pm or do they ask for £1200 IN ONE GO AT THE BEGINNING?
    Your phone company doesn’t say £20pm, then as they about to ship the phone out, they say Oh we want £1200 now from DAY ONE, UP FRONT!!!!
    Please forward & share & make public to
    All private tenants & Landlords

  • icon

    WOW they actually got a rouge landlord. The existing laws and process worked and raised £30k were is the money going?? How about putting it into the licensing scheme, or better use it to catch some more rouges then fine them £30k you could even pay the wages this way then you could bin the licensing scheme


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