A Lincoln private buy to let landlord is facing fines of over £10,000 after he was caught breaching safety rules for the second time in his career.
Landlord Abdol Ali Javid Keshmiri of Wragby Road, LN2, was ordered by Lincoln Magistrates’ Court to pay £10,123.30 in fines and costs. This came after he pleaded guilty to two charges of the failure to comply with regulation of the licensing and management of houses in multiple occupation.
The property in question was in severe disrepair with missing fire alarms and doors that were sealed shut. There were also ceilings that had not been upgraded to prevent the spread of fire and a kitchen door was missing. The issues in the Lincoln property were identified by safety inspectors.
Private housing team leader of City of Lincoln Council, Hannah Cann, said: ‘The conditions at the property on Burton Road were completely unsafe and a risk in several ways. In the first floor flat, there was an unguarded drop from the top of the stairs and unrestricted windows which could lead to injury of the two young children living in the property. If a fire was to light, there were no fire safety measures in place to ensure the tenants’ escape. We are extremely concerned with landlords who have created unsafe flats in Lincoln by dividing up properties without complying with Building Regulation requirements.’
The case was made more severe as it was not the first instance that Keshmiri had been prosecuted by the council. The rogue landlord was ordered to pay £8,253.38 for 11 similar offences last year regarding terrace house on Ely Street, LN.
The property was split into two flats and let as a House in Multiple Occupation. A young family occupied the upstairs flat with a single person in the flat below. The property had a number of breaches of fire safety requirements. One of these was the failure to provide adequate fire separation when the property was converted. The landlord also did not obtain planning permission or building regulations consent.
Magistrates stated: ‘We have thought long and hard about this matter. Mr Keshmiri has a portfolio of 20 properties and it is reasonable to expect him to have a sound knowledge of Houses in Multiple Occupation. He has failed in his duty of care to ensure the safety of his tenants and to take all such measures required to protect them.’