A landlord in Peterborough has been found guilty of harassing a former tenant, while a landlord in Dudley has been fined for a series of safety failures.
Mohammd Yousaf, of Peterborough, has been issued a community order of 12 months and will need to complete 160 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a victim compensation fee of £500, alongside costs of £500 to Peterborough City Council.
Peterborough Magistrates’ Court heard about various incidents regarding Yousaf, 57, and his tenant, who has a wife and young child. The landlord made numerous attempts to enter the property in order to force the eviction of the tenant. However, he was not following the correct procedure.
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In Dudley, Rakesh Sandhi was handed a fine of £6,400 after pleading guilty to 11 offences, including breaching the Housing Act 2004, at Dudley Magistrates’ Court.
The court was told that the property in question was occupied by five tenants, but had no hot water, an unclean kitchen and poorly maintained fire doors, which would have been ineffective in the event of a fire.
The Strategic Director for Place Directorate at Dudley Council, Alan Lunt, comments: “We have a duty to help protect people in their homes, including privately rented accommodation. This case shows that there are serious consequences for landlords who do not provide safe homes for their tenants.”1
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