A buy-to-let landlord who owns two properties in Scarborough has been fined £35,000 for breaches of his Selective Licence following a prosecution brought by Scarborough Borough Council.
Amjad Sabir Raja pleaded guilty to five charges at Scarborough Magistrates Court, which included failing to notify the Selective Licensing Team of new tenancies being granted at the property together with confirmation that all appropriate checks had been undertaken.
He also failed to maintain the fire detection system, did not maintain the property and gardens in a clean and tidy condition, allowed the property to fall into disrepair.
Evidence, including photographs, of the breaches was presented in court and considered by the magistrates.
Aside from the £35,000 fine, ASR Estates (UK) Limited was also ordered to pay costs of £1,980 to the council.
Andrew Rowe, housing manager at Scarborough Borough Council, commented: “We introduced the Selective Licensing Scheme specifically to help improve the quality and safety of privately rented accommodation in parts of Scarborough.
“We are committed to protecting the interests of tenants and the local community and we will not hesitate to prosecute any landlord that chooses to disregard the terms of the licence.”