A rogue landlord who rented out filthy and dangerous flats in Bradford likened to slums has been ordered to pay close to £16,000.
Hasan Kazi was told to pay the money after pleading guilty to renting out flats in Shearbridge, Bradford, that were in a very poor state of repair with the fire exits blocked.
Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court were told on Friday that the landlord did not provide a safe means of escape from fire, with escape routes obstructed, failed to ensure that the internal structure was maintained in good repair, failed to ensure that fixtures and fittings were maintained in good repair and failed to ensure his name address and telephone number were displayed clearly at the property.
Kazi, 67, of Laisteridge Lane, who managed the building containing 11 flats near the University of Bradford, at 61 to 63 Ashgrove, was fined £12,940 over the state of flats and also told to pay a £170 victim surcharge and costs to Bradford Council of £2,700.
The court was told how an environmental health officer from Bradford Council inspected the 11 flats last July, and found several defects, including fire exits that were obstructed by a bicycle, large electrical appliances, general rubbish and a large plywood board and a ladder.
Further inspections of flats found a smoke detector hanging off the ceiling, exposed electrical socket connectors, a dangerous light fitting and other defects.
According to prosecutor Syam Soni, there were also a number of holes around the filthy property, allowing pests to come and go.
In one of the flats, the ceiling light in the bathroom was dangerously wired and cracks in the bath had been repaired with tape, according to Soni.
Following the hearing, councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s executive member for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “Anyone renting out property has a serious responsibility to ensure that their tenants are safe and free from health hazards.
“They also need to make sure that the property is maintained in good repair and meets the standards required.
“In this case, not only was the property in a bad state it also put the lives of residents at risk. We will not hesitate to put irresponsible landlords before the courts.”
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