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Landlord fined £5k for unlicensed student property

A Birmingham landlord from Hall Green was fined £5,037.97 at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday after pleading guilty to failing to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching management regulations.

Allah Ditta, age 71 of Green Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, was handed a fine of £3,500 with £1,187.97 full costs and victim surcharge of £350 for not acquiring a HMO licence and for breaching management regulations at a property in North Road, Selly Oak.

Despite receiving two letters from Birmingham City Council relating to the three storey property, Ditta opted against obtaining an HMO license.

Aside from the landlord’s failure to apply for an HMO licence, officers at Birmingham City Council identified a number of defects and issues during an inspection of the property earlier this year, including mould in the bathroom, insufficient handrails to the staircase and an inadequate water drainage system to the rear of the property, which the landlord failed to rectify.

Cabinet member for housing and homes, Cllr Peter Griffiths, said: “Ditta owns another student property in Selly Oak so he should have known about the obligation to license and the standards required.

“This property was rented to students from outside Birmingham and their parents believed that they were living in decent accommodation.

“We have a responsibility to these young people and their families and I am glad that we have been able to bring this landlord to justice through our specialist work on rogue landlords.”

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