Sheffield Landlord Convicted of Harassment

A Sheffield landlord is due to be sentenced for harassing his tenants, after being taken to court by the local council.

Landlord Mark Cashin, 48, pleaded guilty to two charges that related to him harassing his tenants. This took place during a short hearing at Sheffield Crown Court last week.

The charges were brought against Cashin by Sheffield City Council, with the first having taken place between January 16, 2016, and February 3, 2016. The second set of charges took place between September 30, 2016 and January 24, 2017.

During the hearing, Cashin spoke only to enter his pleas. He is set to return to court on October 3, when he will be sentenced for both offences.

The current guilty plea is not Cashin’s first offence. Less than a year ago, the landlord was told to pay a combination of fines and costs amounting to £29,200 after being found guilty of 56 housing offences at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court in November 2016. This conviction came as part of Sheffield City Council’s crackdown on rogue landlords, and was the largest ever brought by a local authority.

The offences were related to five homes Cashin rented out, situated in Abbeydale Road, Abbeydale; Violet Bank Road, Nether Edge; Vincent Road, Sharrow and Fieldhead Road and Glover Road in Lowfield. Sheffield magistrates were told that the properties were all badly managed by Cashin, and were also unsafe in the case of fire. Cashin also failed to provide copies of gas safety and electrical condition reports.

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, Councillor Jayne Dunn, said: ‘I’m very pleased we’ve secured a guilty conviction against this landlord who we have previously prosecuted for his bad management of private housing. Everyone has the right to live in safe, well-managed homes without the threat of illegal evictions. If you’re having problems please get in touch – our private housing team help tenants and landlords, and we take offences very seriously.’