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Landlord ordered to pay £5,400 for poor management of unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Doncaster has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines and costs following a successful prosecution brought by Doncaster Council.

Almas Rashid of Thorne Road pleaded guilty to seven offences under the Housing Act 2004 relating to two houses in multiple occupation in Wheatley. 

The offences included the failure to obtain a licence from the council for each property, failure to comply with an Improvement Notice after an inspection from the council found both properties in disrepair and non-compliance with HMO regulations relating to fire safety and poor management of the properties. 


Rashid also pleaded guilty to not providing the council with relevant documents to help the investigation at one of the properties.

The landlord was ordered to pay £400 per offence, £2,800 in total, costs of £2,579.73 and a £40 victim surcharge.

Cllr Glyn Jones, deputy mayor and cabinet member for housing at Doncaster Council, commented: “This positive court result sends out a clear message to landlords.

“The council takes reasonable effort to secure compliance with the law by a process of advice and education.

“However, where appropriate, we will not hesitate to take tough action against landlords who fail to comply with licensing rules as we strive to drive up standards, improve safety for tenants and reduce the negative impacts experienced by some of our communities.”

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    • 15 February 2019 10:18 AM

    Perhaps the query might be addressed the other way which should mean the comment won't be removed.


    Why is it that so few LL with traditional English sounding names ever seem to be one of the LL being prosecuted?
    Is there a cultural aspect that means few English LL are bad LL?
    Or is it perhaps that the LL demographic is becoming less tradtional English and so inevitably fewer English LL are there to be prosecuted?.
    What is it then that results in more non- English to become LL?
    These are all conjectured questions.
    It maybe just the luck of the draw but I have noticed that 95% of LL prosecuted don't tend to have traditional English names.
    Make of that what you will!!!


    Nicely put Paul, and spot on.

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    councils are racist?


    OH I don't know I think they would come after you and I just the same if we ran our business that way.


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