HMO Landlord £8,000 Out of Pocket Following Council Prosecution

THE landlord of a House in Multiple Occupation was handed fines and costs totalling £8,000 following a successful prosecution by Reading Borough Council.

David Kayani, 36, of Ramsbury Drive, Earley, admitted seven charges under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 when he appeared before Reading Magistrates on Friday 10th March.

The court appearance followed a number of visits to the property in Elm Park Road, west Reading, by the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team in May, July and September last year.

The charges were:

·        Failure to keep all common areas in good and clean decorative repair

·        Fridge Freezer obstructing first floor hallway and washing machine in second floor hallway

·        No valid gas safety certificate and no front page of the HMO licence displayed as required

·        Large piece of carpet obstructing first floor rear bedroom door

·        Constantly running water from mixer tap in the kitchen

·        Washing machine obstructing second floor hallway

·        Failure to provide full management folder

Mr Kayani was fined £700 for each offence and ordered to pay costs of £3,100.

The Council also successfully proved the case in her absence of Krystyna Zajaczkowska, of Oxford Road, west Reading, on the same day.

She was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £2,638 costs for breach of an abatement notice in respect of not providing hot running water at a property in Oxford Road, on 22nd July 2016.

Councillor Richard Davies, Lead Member for Housing, said: “The Council’s Private Sector Housing Team, with support from our Legal experts, have successfully prosecuted a number of cases recently.

“As I have said before, most private landlords behave responsibly but these cases demonstrate that the Council continues to stand up for Reading’s private renters, and that landlords who fail to abide by the rules can expect visits from our officers and ultimately a hefty fine.”

David Millward

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