A rogue Oxford landlord is facing his second prosecution in just over a year after illegally letting out properties in the Oxford area.
Zahid Ali Rana, 58, was prosecuted on Monday after Oxford City Council officers visited his home in March. There had been a fire in the property, which was situated on Boundary Brook Road in Donnington. Mr Rana was residing in the home along with three lodgers, however he had not licensed the property as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
The property had a faulty fire detection system, as well as a broken central heating system. The garden was also found to be strewn with rubbish.
Mr Rana admitted to his failings in court and was ordered to pay a total of £6,146 in fines and costs.
Last October, he also fell foul of the rental laws, and was told to pay £7,288 in fines. This previous court case came after council officers investigated a rental property on Freelands Road, also located in Donnington, in April 2018. The Freelands Road house contained no fire alarm system, no kitchen fire door and also had holes in the walls. The fire escape route was also obstructed. In this previous case, Mr Rana also admitted to his failings.
It was recently announced by Oxford City Council that it would use new powers granted by the government in order to fine bad landlords up to £30,000 directly, in order to raise standards in the private rental sector by deterring criminal activity.
Board member for planning and regulatory services, Councillor Alex Hollingsworth explained that the council expected a higher fine to be ordered by the court. He said: ‘The City Council is committed to protecting private tenants from rogue landlords who fail to license their properties or manage them to acceptable standards.’