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Unscrupulous landlord fined more than £180,000

A rogue landlord who left tenants living in substandard conditions in Selly Oak and Edgbaston has been ordered to pay in excess of £180,000 after being found guilty of multiple offences.

Leila Amjadi, who runs Vertu Capital Ltd, was found guilty of no fewer than 35 offences in relation to four properties.

Officers from the council received several complaints from the tenants and visited the properties, all of which were Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), and found 31 breaches of HMO regulations.

Offences included missing fire doors, fire blankets and smoke detectors.

Amjadi, who lives in Sutton Coldfield, was ordered to pay £182,314.90 in fines, costs and compensation to her tenants.

This is the largest fine that Birmingham has seen for these type of offences, according to the director of housing at Birmingham City Council, Robert James.

He said: “It sends out a strong message to all landlords that Birmingham City Council will use all its enforcement powers to ensure that tenants are protected from rogue landlords who neglect their responsibilities.”

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