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Landlord fined £340,000 in 2017 is now fined another £150,000

A rogue landlord has been fined more than £150,000 after failing to rectify safety hazards in a property he let.

Latif Rehman of Birmingham was fined a total of £151,070 by Wolverhampton Magistrates Court for three breaches of an Emergency Prohibition Order served in relation to a house of multiple occupation.

Dudley council officers originally inspected the three storey, four bedroom property following a complaint from one of the tenants in February.

Officers found numerous hazards related to fire and electrical safety as well as risk of entry by intruders and deemed it posed an imminent risk to the safety of its tenants.

A re-inspection in April found that insufficient works had been carried out to rectify the problems. Fire doors still failed to comply with regulations, access to the property was not properly controlled and damp was still present in one of the properties.

Last month Rehman was fined £50,000 for each offence and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and £170 victim surcharge.

The council will now consider applying for a rent repayment order and a banning order against the landlord.

Two years ago Rehman was ordered to pay in excess of £340,000 after illegally converting houses into bedsits.

  • David Baldwin

    The law and their officers seem toothless
    Why

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    Seems some quite consequential Financial penalties here, that should 'hurt' - get the message across ?

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    It is good that they fined this rogue landlord such a hefty amount! But in my opinion rogue landlords are not limited to private landlords only. For instance the building which I live in is owned and managed by the council, which has many issues including leaks, dampness, mould, regular outages communal heating and hot water. And yet every year the council increases service charge and rent. This is what I call double standard because when it is a local authority that is failing to meet the standards nobody really cares and they manage to get away with a murder. This is why it really bothers me.

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