A buy to let landlord in Eccles, Greater Manchester has been fined a huge £55,000 after council inspectors discovered that two properties he owned were unsafe and overcrowded.
The two Eccles properties situated next door to each other were both houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) but did not reach the correct regulatory standards required.
Believing that one of the Eccles properties was overcrowded, council inspectors issued a warrant and visited the property.
They found that the property was not fitted with the correct fire alarm system for HMO properties, a lack of fire doors, and a cellar that did not protect sufficiently in the event of a fire.
They also found that the gas and electric supplies had been tampered with and made unsafe. These were subsequently disconnected.
During the inspection officers also noticed a number of people leaving the property next door and used their powers to enter that property. They found the fire alarm did not work and there were no fire doors leading to the escape route. Witnesses confirmed eleven people lived in the property.
The Eccles landlord, Mr Amir Ashar, was fined £55,000 by Manchester Property Tribunal following an appeal hearing for breaching regulations at the properties and failing to license one of them.
Paul Dennett, the Salford City Mayor, commented: ‘In Salford we introduced selective licensing to wipe bad landlords out of the city and improve standards for all the people who live in rented accommodation. We also need to make sure we have the right type of housing mix in particular areas of the city.’
He continued: ‘Tenants and communities should not be exploited so our aim is to make sure that housing is up to standard and this city does not suffer from unscrupulous landlords.
‘Thanks to the proactive work from our housing officers we have been able to take action. But I’d encourage anybody who has any concerns about a property that they live in, or one they are aware of, to make contact with us.’
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