A buy-to-let landlord was ordered to pay in excess of £7,000 and given 150 hours of community service at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday (Monday 14th November) for breaching regulations and forcing his tenants out of their home in Yardley Wood Road, Moseley, Birmingham.
Zahid Khan, also of Yardley Wood Road, Moseley, was fined £2,000, with full costs of just over £5,000 after being found guilty of causing acts likely to interfere with his tenants’ peace and comfort under Section 1(3A) of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977, failure to obtain an HMO licence and breaching HMO Management Regulations.
Khan intimidated his tenants last December, in order to encourage them to vacate the property and threatened to change the locks if they did not leave.
The property was unlicensed between 13 December 2014 and 28 December 2015 and breached HMO Management Regulations, including insufficient smoke alarms, a tripping hazard on the stairs and general disrepair including a sparking electrical socket and holes in the ceilings.
Councillor Peter Griffiths, cabinet member for Housing and Homes, commented: “Khan intimidated his tenants, failed to obtain the relevant HMO licence and breached regulations including those designed to protect tenants from the increased threat of fire associated with houses in multiple occupancy. This is clearly not acceptable. I am glad that we have been able to support these tenants and bring the successful prosecution of this landlord.
“The private rented sector is hugely important to housing in Birmingham and most landlords and tenants have a good relationship. However when a relationship breaks down we are here to support people, ensuring that the legal process is followed and that people are treated fairly.”