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Landlord pleads guilty to harassing tenants

A buy-to-let landlord pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the harassment of his tenants during a short hearing at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.

Mark Cashin, 48, confessed to harassing his tenants, after he was taken to court by Sheffield City Council, which brought the charges against him, the first of which took place early last year and the second between 30 September  2016 and 24 January 24 2017.

Cashin, who is due to return to court early next month when he will be sentenced for both offences, was last year ordered to pay a combination of fines and costs of £29,200 after being found guilty of 56 housing offences at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, as part of the council’s clamp down on rogue landlords.

The offences concerned five homes Cashin, of Haddon Road, Bakwell rented out in Abbeydale Road, Abbeydale; Violet Bank Road, Nether Edge; Vincent Road, Sharrow and Fieldhead Road and Glover Road in Lowfield.

Commenting after Cashin’s guilty plea yesterday, councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve secured a guilty conviction against this landlord who we have previously prosecuted for his bad management of private housing.

“Everyone has the right to live in safe, well-managed homes without the threat of illegal evictions. If you’re having problems please get in touch – our private housing team help tenants and landlords, and we take offences very seriously.” 

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