The Guardian has named and shamed a North London landlord after she topped a list of letting agents and landlords who have been convicted for housing offences.
Katia Goremsandu, 64, who owns several rental properties in Haringey, north London, has been convicted seven times and fined a total of £16,565 for letting uninhabitable rooms. Offences include using a sticker to disguise a faulty fire alarm and leaving tenants living in damp and freezing homes.
Haringey council estimates that Goremsandu’s rental income is around £188,000 a year, including housing benefit payments.
The Guardian article was prompted by a list of convicted landlords put together by Environmental Health News (EHN) after it won a freedom of information case against the Ministry of Justice.
The list reveals that 2,006 convictions between 2006 and 2014 have resulted in fines of £3m in total.
The landlord name that appears most frequently is Goremsandu while the most prosecuted firm was Burnley-based Aspire Developments.
In a separate article Goremsandu blamed tenants for the condition of her properties.
She told the paper: “The mentality of a homeless person or the person who doesn’t have work or a property is ‘why should [the landlord] have [a property] and I don’t’,” she told the Guardian on Wednesday. “And they bash it, they break it. It is a well-known fact. It is a state of mind. They punish you for being a landlord.”