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Bin Storage Row contributes to £25,000 bill for private landlord

Landlord Mohammed Saleem has been found guilty of multiple planning enforcement violations related to properties in Bedford.

Saleem, along with his company Samsons Ltd, has been fined a total of £11,280 and ordered to cover the Council's costs amounting to £14,255.

The defendant was found in breach of enforcement notices in relation to the replacement of windows in a conservation area, cycle parking, noise mitigation and bin storage/collection. 

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A spokesperson for Bedford council says: “These convictions are the result of amazing work by the Council’s Planning Enforcement Team. They underscore the Council's commitment to upholding planning regulations and ensuring compliance.

“This has been a long-running case but our enforcement teams don’t give up lightly. I am very pleased we have managed to bring this case to court and the council has successfully prosecuted the offenders.”

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    That’s a BIG FINE for what appear to be minor offences of planning laws rather than overcrowding, tenant safety etc.🤔

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    They should have their powers drastically curtailed.

     
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    Seriously this landlord has so much previous you would not believe it. Not just this individual but other family members. Too much to recount here.

     
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    This is just abuse of power by the council.

  • Rob NorthWest-Landlord

    The replacement windows thing is so stupid. If wooden sash windows (or similar)are required under planning they cost a fortune, yet the landlord wants to provide a warm, safe home - and not put the rent up to cover it!! The alternative really is property falling into disrepair or being sold. Surely no landlord can afford to subsidise the tenant by paying this themselves. The windows that conform are approx 10x the price of a modern PVCu frame.

  • Richard LeFrak

    “These convictions are the result of amazing work by the Council’s Planning Enforcement Team''

    Easily pleased in Bedford....

    Lack of detail so probably not true and if so why is it the landlords fault the tenants cannot get rid of rubbish properly? Sounds like a council estate HMO.

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    Sounds like a load of old bull to me

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