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Three landlords fined £11,000 for housing offences

Three landlords in Oxford have been fined a total of £11,000 after being convicted of housing offences.

Environmental Health Officers from Oxford City Council inspected their rental homes earlier in the year and the three cases were heard at Oxford Magistrates’ Court.

Abdul Saleem Chaudhry, 66, of Headley Way, Oxford, was prosecuted for allowing three tenants to reside in a high-risk unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), with two fire-safety faults.

Chaudhry pleaded guilty and received fines totalling £4,000 and was ordered to pay surcharges and council costs of £1,436.

Shoukat Khan, 44, of Duke Street, Oxford, was prosecuted for letting his house in Earl Street, Oxford, which breached fire and safety conditions of his HMO licence. He received a fine of £2,000 and was ordered to pay surcharges and council costs of £1,375.

Meanwhile, Deborah May Humes, 57, of Inott Furze, Oxford, was prosecuted after she rented out an unlicensed house in Inott Furze to three unrelated tenants. What’s more, she was penalised for fire offences including a lack of two working smoke alarms and no fire door to the kitchen. She received fines totalling £5,000 and was ordered to pay surcharges and council costs of £1,238.

“Oxford City Council will continue to pursue breaches of safety regulations for HMOs. We take this issue very seriously, and we urge landlords to make sure their properties comply with the rules,” said Cllr Alex Hollingsworth. 

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