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Repeat offender fined after serial breaches of licensing regime

A landlord that continually refused to sign up to a council’s selective licensing regime has been found guilty by the courts once again and fined more than £4,000.

Sajid Bashir has made a further appearance at Sheffield Magistrates Court; this comes after being fined in August 2015 for failing to licence six properties. 

Sheffield council took prosecution action against Bashir for falsely claiming a seventh property was exempt from the licensing scheme.

The court heard that Bashir had attempted to avoid paying the licence fee by saying tenants of his property were close family members. The court found that there was no qualifying exemption and found Bashir guilty.

He was issued with a fine of £1,200, as well as the prosecution costs of £3,059 and a victim surcharge of £120 totalling £4,379. The court gave him 28 days to pay.

“This man has continuously failed to meet his responsibilities and comply with the law. This has been recognised once again in the courts” says a spokeswoman for the council.

“Other landlords in the area are working positively with us. Yet for more than two years Mr Bashir has been spending his time arguing with us about what he should be doing, instead of putting his time and energy into fulfilling his landlord obligations.”

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