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Rogue landlords ordered to pay £13k for ‘total disregard’ for safety of tenants

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £13,000 after showing what was described as a “total disregard” for the safety of their tenants.

Birmingham Magistrates was told that Abdul Qadir, 56, of Longmore Road, and Dr Mohammed Anwar, 49, of Marshall Lake Road, both in Shirley, had breached management regulations at a three-storey property in the Small Heath area in South East Birmingham, including some designed to protect tenants from fire.

The court was told that the case was brought following a visit by council officers after a complaint of disrepair from a tenant.

Officers found several defects in the building, including no working fire detection throughout the property, a lack of emergency lighting, insufficient fire doors and having no fire blanket.

Other issues included electrical sockets and light switches, exposed wires in the bathroom and hall, broken kitchen cupboards and units and a hole in the kitchen floor.

Both landlords pleaded guilty to breaching management regulations, and were each fined £5,000, while Qadir was ordered to pay £1,550 costs and Anwar was told to pay £1,497 costs. Both men were also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170.

Birmingham City Council director of housing, Robert James, said: “Qadir and Anwar displayed a total disregard for the health and safety of the occupants.

“The property was in a poor condition with inadequate fire precautions.

“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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