Landlord fined £48,000 for letting ‘uninhabitable’ HMO

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Aylesbury landlord Tariq Javed has been fined a record £48,000 for failing to comply with HMO regulations.

Buckinghamshire Council said Javed had failed in his duty as a landlord to provide decent, safe and clean accommodation for his tenants.

‘He did not comply with legal requests from council officers to carry out the works needed to improve the property. We hope this substantial fine sends the loud and clear message to any landlord who puts profits ahead of people, that we will always take action to protect our residents’.

Javed’s property had been on the council’s radar for some time. ‘Multiple warnings’ that the property did not meet minimum standards had been given following inspections between October 2019 and February 2020.

It was found that fire detection equipment was not working, fire escape routes were obstructed, and staircase lighting was defunct.

Javed had also failed to comply with notices to provide legal documents such as tenancy agreements and gas safety certificates. Neither did he comply with an improvement notice to bring the property up to an acceptable standard.

When summoned to appear at Buckinghamshire Magistrates Court, Javed failed to turn up. He was fined £48,000, including £6,000 in costs.

In their judgement, the magistrates said they believed Javed exercised control and managed the property within which ‘hygiene was woefully lacking’. The property, they said, was ‘uninhabitable’. The kitchen was unfit for use, the gas supply was a risk and there was danger of electrocution.

‘Importantly the escape routes were cluttered and dangerous due to trip hazards and a child could fall through the gaps in the staircase bannister’.