HMO Managers Ordered to Pay More Than £13k for 23 Offences

Bashier/Tyagi HMO
AN OWNER and manager of a flat in multiple occupation have been ordered to pay a total of £13,826.50 in fines and costs following a successful prosecution by Reading Borough Council.

Anuroop Tyagi, of Oxford Road, west Reading, and Sajad Bashier, 40, of Basingstoke Road, south Reading, were jointly charged with 23 offences under The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006.

Members of the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team first inspected the property in Oxford Road in April 2016 following an earlier complaint about poor management of waste.

Officers discovered a number of other offences during subsequent inspections, including fire alarms not being maintained, means of escape not maintained, extensive black mould on ceilings and walls and disrepair of electrical fittings.

During subsequent revisits to the flat over a period of months, several of the defects were not attended to and further items of disrepair were identified.

Mr Bashier attended Reading Magistrates Court for the hearing on Friday 24th February and Mr Tyagi’s case was heard in his absence.

Mr Tyagi was fined £400 for each of the 23 offences and ordered to pay £1,826.50 costs, totalling £11,026.50.

Mr Bashier was fined £100 for each offence and ordered to pay costs of £500, totalling £2,800.

The court imposed a heavier sentence on Mr Tyagi because he failed to attend the court hearings and it was felt he was more directly involved in the management of the premises.

Councillor Richard Davies, Lead Member for Housing, said: “Council officers discovered a catalogue of issues when they visited this property and many of them relate to fire safety.

“Furthermore, several of these problems were not corrected over the following months when officers made repeat visits.

“I would like to congratulate the Council’s Private Sector Housing and Legal teams for successfully prosecuting this case.

“Most private landlords are responsible but this case shows the Council will take action to protect individuals who are forced to live in shameful conditions.”