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Written by rosalind renshaw

A Tory candidate in the general election has been ordered by a court to pay more than £2,500 after renting out a substandard house.

Kamran Ghafoor, 32, stood for OldhamWest and Royton in 2010.

He recently campaigned against a local licensing scheme, helping to form the Hathershaw Landlords Association to fight it.

But now he has been fined after tenants in a property owned by him complained about central heating that didn’t work, broken electrical sockets and unsafe controls for the gas fire and cooker.

He was fined £1,500 for failing to rectify the faults despite several reminders, and will have to pay costs of £1,068 to Oldham Council.

He pleaded guilty at Oldham Magistrates Court this week to committing an offence under Section 30 of the Housing Act 2004. 

Councillor Dave Hibbert, cabinet member for housing, transport and regeneration, said: “The council gave this landlord plenty of opportunities to put the faults right in his property but he failed to do so.

“This could have put his tenants at risk. All landlords must ensure that the properties they rent out are safe and healthy to live in.”


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