Failure to Comply with Improvement Notice Leads to Fine for Landlord

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A rogue landlord has been forced to pay over £10,000 after his failure to comply with an improvement notice from the council.

Birmingham landlord Majid Ali was told that he must pay £10,007 after housing officers visited his property in Selly Oak in July 2016. The property had no smoke alarms or fire doors fitted.

Birmingham City Council served Mr Ali with an improvement notice last August having found on inspection what they described as ‘significant hazards’ in the buy to let rental property, which was let to three students.

Council housing officers returned to the property in November last year. However, on this visit it was discovered that the improvement notice not been complied with. There were also several hazards, including the fact that there were no ‘mains-powered or linked smoke detectors’ installed. There were also no fire doors. Furthermore, damp and mould growth was found throughout the rental property, having arisen from inadequate heating and thermal insulation.

Mr Ali pleaded not guilty in May this year to the offence of ‘not carrying out works at a rental property’ under the Housing Act 2004. At the latest hearing which took place earlier in August he was fined £4,000, as well as being ordered to pay £5,837.35 in costs plus a £170 victim surcharge. The improvement notice currently ‘remains in place’, with housing officers from the council due to reinspect the premises at a later date.

Director of housing at Birmingham City Council, Robert James, commented: ‘Ali displayed a total disregard for the health and safety of the occupants and the property was in a poor condition with inadequate fire precautions. I am glad that we have been able to bring this landlord to justice.’

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