HMO Manager Prosecuted for Breaching Regulations

A MANAGER of an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) has been ordered to pay a fine and costs totalling £5,194 after breaching a number of regulations.

The Council’s Private Sector Housing team visited the property in Wokingham Road, east Reading, after receiving a complaint from a tenant.

An officer visited the house and carried out inspections between 24th August – 28th October 2016 and discovered a number of breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006.

The property was being managed by Kam Zohrehie, of Windermere Road, south Reading, operating as Place Finders, who appeared at Reading Magistrates Court pm 26th May 2017.

Mr Zohrehie, 51, pleaded guilty to 14 offences including:

·        Not maintaining one of the fire detectors in the property on two occasions

·        Failing to maintain a fire extinguisher and fire blanket

·        Defective fire door opening to the escape route

·        Damaged double plug socket outlet in the kitchen

·        Disrepair to the electrical consumer unit

Mr Zohrehie also admitted to an offence under the Companies Act 2006 for failing to state the proprietor’s name on an invoice issued by Place Finders.

He was fined a total of £2,800 and ordered to pay costs of £2,394.

Cllr John Ennis, Lead Member for Housing, said:

“People should be safe in whatever accommodation they live in and it is unacceptable for owners of HMOs to put tenants at risk by flouting fire protection and electrical safety measures.

“This case demonstrates that the Council is here to protect private renters and that complaints against landlords will be investigated and will result in action when appropriate.”

 

David Millward

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