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Death-trap landlord fined for demanding rent from a tenant despite council ban

A buy-to-let investor, who previously spent time in prison for perjury after he lied during an inquiry into the deaths of two tenants during a fire in a basement flat he owns in Scotland, has been fined £270 after violating a council ban. 

Harpal 'Harry' Singh demanded money from Liam Fair, 21, in February last year, after he stayed in a property in Melrose Street in Glasgow's Woodlands area.

But Singh was last year barred from being a landlord following an investigation by Glasgow City Council, which meant that he was not allowed to request rental payment. 

Singh, aged 66, was found to be unfit to act as a landlord last year after it was revealed he was in control of a 14-property portfolio despite being not holding a licence.

Council officers found the properties, all located in Scotland, lacked basic fire safety measures. 

Singh previously owned a basement flat in Melrose Street, Woodlands, where James Fraser and Daniel Heron died when a fire gutted the property in March 1999 because metal bars over the windows had prevented the occupants from escaping.

Singh, who was jailed for perjury after lying under oath that the basement property had working smoke detectors, was issued with the fine yesterday at Glasgow Sheriff Court. 

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    Shame they didn't confiscate the properties

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    This is the guy who is responsible for the draconian Scottish HMO legislation which demands expensive alterations and licensing costs before more than 2 unrelated adults can share a flat, irrespective of the number of bedrooms. Incidentally this legislation still doesn't apply to the flat where the two tenants died as it only applies for more than 2 tenants. This man has cost decent law abiding Scottish landlords and tenants a fortune whilst he continues to flout the law. He should have been jailed again!

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    Yes again it's these people getting the rest of us a bad name.

     
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