A Dudley landlord has been fined for the third time in 3 years for mismanagement of rental properties.
Rakesh Sandhi, who is a director of Northgate (Dudley) Ltd, a company which rents and manages bedsits in the Dudley area was charged with 28 offences of failing in his duty as a manager to take the correct safety measures at the property.
In particular a failure to keep fire escapes in good repair and free from obstruction was quoted, but dangerous electricity supplies were also noted.
The property in question had been converted into bedsits. Council private sector housing enforcement inspectors found many of the bedsits in the property to be ‘filthy and dangerous’ with ‘total disrespect for fire safety regulations’.
Common parts were also not maintained properly, as well as fixtures and fittings and appliances not kept in good order and repair. The property was also operated without the appropriate house of multiple occupancy (HMO) licence.
The Dudley landlord, having pleaded guilty to all 28 charges, was fined £400 for each offence, plus a £40 victim surcharge and costs of £1,936.65 to reach a total of over £13,000.
This is the third conviction for the rogue Dudley landlord, having been fined for similar offences concerning the same property in 2014, and also similar offences at a different Dudley property in 2016.
Dudley Council’s cabinet member for housing, Councillor Gaye Partridge, commented: ‘We will not stint when it comes to challenging and prosecuting landlords who put their tenants’ safety and very lives at risk.
‘These properties were in a shocking state of disrepair, but more significantly flouted essential fire safety regulations which are designed to help keep tenants safe.
‘We are very pleased with the outcome of this case and would warn anyone who doesn’t take their landlord responsibilities seriously that we will take action.’