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Birmingham HMO landlord fined almost £20,000

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £20,000 for a number of failings in managing an HMO.

Amrik Singh Gill, 56, illegally let rooms in the property and failed to maintain fire alarms and water supply.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court ordered him to pay a total of £19,418.57 made up of: £3,000 for failing to obtain a HMO licence, £8,000 for multiple breaches of the HMO Management Regulations, £8,298.57 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

Gill pleaded guilty to the offences at Birmingham Magistrates' Court yesterday (July 6).

When council officers inspected the property, they found that Gill had failed to maintain any of the fire alarms or correctly display notices indicating the escape route.

He had also failed to ensure that the water supply and drainage systems were working correctly in that the soil and vent pipe in the kitchen was leaking.

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhood management and homes John Cotton, said: “A tenant living in bedsit accommodation such as this property is almost 17 times more likely to be killed in a fire than an adult living in a similar single-occupancy house.

“It is because of these shocking statistics that HMO licensing exists and officers carry out checks to ensure the safety of tenants.

“Mr Gill not only provided his tenants with what can only be described as shoddy accommodation, he also put his tenants’ lives at risk and I welcome the fine imposed by Birmingham Magistrates Court.”

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