Managers of HMO Fined for Multiple Breaches of Regulations

Oxford Road HMO Case

TWO managers of a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) in west Reading face financial penalties totalling £8,800 following a successful prosecution by Reading Borough Council.

Abdullah Yaqubi, of Winslet Place, west Reading, and Said Kamel Hashemi, of Tern Close, Tilehurst, both aged 42, appeared at Reading Magistrates Court charged with several offences regarding management of HMOs.

Officers from the Council’s Private Sector Housing team visited the HMO in Oxford Road between May and July 2016 and found a range of issues including:

·        automatic fire detection equipment in disrepair

·        obstruction of fire escape route

·        damaged plug socket outlet

·        second floor windows with low sills but no opening limiters

·        common areas, such as kitchens, bathrooms and stairs, in dirty condition

·        broken flush mechanism on toilet

·        contact details for the managers not displayed

Both defendants, who were managers of the HMO, admitted to a number of offences under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 when they appeared in court on Friday 10th February.

Both Mr Yaqubi and Mr Hashemi were fined £2,400 each in respect of several offences and given conditional discharges of 12 months for the remainder. Both defendants were also ordered to pay £2,000 costs each.

Cllr Richard Davies, Reading’s Lead Member for Housing, said:

“HMOs are an important part of the housing market in Reading but they are subject to certain regulations for the safety and comfort of tenants.

“Most landlords abide by these rules but those who do not, and fail to respond to contact by the Council’s officers, can expect to face the consequences.

“This is a good result for Reading’s Private Sector Housing and Legal teams and I hope it makes other property managers and landlords who are tempted to flout the rules sit up and take note.”

Notes to Editors

The breakdown of offences and penalties are as follows:

1.            Obstruction of means of escape on 24 May 2016 – £300 fine

2.            Smoke detector in first floor rear bedroom not maintained on 24 May 2016 – fine £300

3.            Premises not in good and clean decorative repair on 24 May 2016 – conditional discharge for 12 months

4.            Damaged face plate of electrical socket on 24 May 2016 – fine £300

5.            Failure to have manager’s details displayed on 24 May 2016 – conditional discharge for 12 months

6.            No window opening limiter in the kitchen 23 June 2016 – fine £300

7.            Dirty shower tray on 23 June 2016 – conditional discharge for 12 months

8.            Defective toilet flush mechanism on 23 June 2016 – conditional discharge for 12 months

9.            Obstruction of means of escape on 23 June 2016 – fine £300

10.         No window opening limiter in second floor front right bedroom on 23 June 2016 – fine £300

11.         No window opening limiter in second floor left bedroom on 23 June 2016 – fine £300

12.         Defective toilet flush mechanism on 15 July 2016 – conditional discharge for 12 months

13.         Obstruction of means of escape on 15 July 2016 – fine 300

14.         Each defendant to pay £2000 costs. It means that the total financial penalty is £8800.00