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Sheffield landlord fined over £4,000

Sajid Bashir, of Page Hall, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court where he was found guilty of failing to pay licence fees on properties he rented. He was also fined in August 2015 for failing to licence six properties. Sheffield Council took action against Bashir for falsely claiming a seventh property was exempt from the licensing scheme.

The court heard Bashir had attempted to avoid paying the licence fee by saying tenants of his property on Page Hall Road were family members. But the court found there was no qualifying exemption and found Bashir guilty.

He was issued with a fine of £1,200, as well as the prosecution costs of £3,059 and a victim surcharge of £120 totalling £4,379. The court gave Bashir 28 days to pay.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “This man has continuously failed to meet his responsibilities and comply with the law. This has been recognised once again in the courts.

“Other landlords in the area are working positively with us.  Yet for more than two years Mr Bashir has been spending his time arguing with us about what he should be doing, instead of putting his time and energy into fulfilling his landlord obligations.”

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