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Four rogue landlords, including child sex offender, banned from renting properties

A man who is currently serving six years in prison for child sex abuse offences is among four rogue landlords in Glasgow’s Govanhill who have been banned from renting out property.

Akhtar Ali, Ashiq Mohammed and Shabnam Sattar have all been barred from the Landlord Register after being deemed unfit to be landlords due to issues with their properties, following a decision by officials at the city’s licensing committee meeting yesterday.

Muhammed Anwar had his application refused by Glasgow City Council’s licensing and regulatory committee after it emerged that he is in prison for child sex abuse offences.

Poor property management was the main reason why Ali’s application was rejected. An inspection of his flats found that gas and electricity meters had been by-passed and that there were no smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the properties, among other issues. To make matters worse, there was a fire at one of his properties in Glenapp Street, Glasgow, which led to two people being taken to hospital.

Mohammed and Sattar were also found to be no longer fit and proper to be registered as landlords after failing to produce the documentation required of landlords who operate property within Govanhill’s Enhanced Enforcement Area, including enhanced criminal record certificates, up-to-date buildings insurance policies, acknowledgements from tenants that Tenant Information Packs had been provided, energy performance certificates and gas safety certificates.

A council spokesman said: “Our team is determined to ensure that those people on the Landlord Register are fit to be landlords.

“Whenever there is evidence that a landlord is no longer a suitable person to rent out property or they fail to manage their property appropriately, we will always seek to take action against them.

“Govanhill has been an area of the city where particular problems with landlords have been identified. The additional powers available to us through Govanhill’s Enhanced Enforcement Area are helping us to improve housing standards in the area.” 

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