Landlords Receive £5,000 Fines and Costs for Breaching HMO Rules

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TWO brothers who managed a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Whitley have been handed fines and costs totalling £5,000 following a successful prosecution by Reading Borough Council.

Satpal Singh Nangpal, of Summerhouse Avenue, Heston, and Harpreet Nangpal, of Victoria Gardens, Heston, appeared before Reading Magistrates Court on Friday 1st December to face charges of breaching HMO regulations and failing to supply information requested, respectively.

The offences were discovered by the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team during visits to the flat in Northumberland Avenue between February 2017 and May 2017.

Satpal Singh Nangpal, 39, was fined £2,400 and ordered to pay costs of £1,500 after admitting breaches of The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006, including:

·        no self-closers on fire doors

·        failure to maintain house in good and clean decorative repair

·        electrical distribution board not having cover on

·        fluorescent strip light in kitchen not in working order

·        fire blanket in kitchen located out of reach of occupiers

·        missing bulb in the front shower room

·        hole in plaster board wall in toilet, dirty walls and floor in toilet and hanging electrical earth cable

·        failure to display notice with manager’s details

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Harpreet Nangpal, 35, pleaded guilty to failing to provide information requested by the Council and was fined £1,000 with costs of £100.

The flat in Northumberland Avenue is now under new management.

Cllr John Ennis, Lead Councillor for Housing, said:

“I sympathise with the tenants in this property who were living in filthy and potentially dangerous conditions.

“I am pleased the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team stepped in and successfully brought this case against these landlords with our Legal team.

“A majority of private landlords in Reading are reputable and provide good accommodation but it is reassuring to know council officers are on hand to bring people to book who flout the rules.”

David Millward

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