Two rogue Reading landlords have been fined nearly £9,000 due to what was described as a disregard for the welfare of their tenants through the presentation of poor housing standards.
The managers of the Oxford Road property, Abdullah Yaqubi and Said Kamel Hashemi, had left the house inadequately decorated. The property also contained damaged plug sockets, and other severe safety hazards such as broken fire alarms and a dangerous window on the second floor.
Council inspectors had visited the rental property in the summer of 2016, and had discovered a plethora of faults including broken toilets and blocked fire escapes, many of which had the potential to endanger the lives of the resident tenants.
The two managers, both aged 42, pleaded guilty to 14 offences in front of Reading Magistrates Court. They were ordered to pay a combined fine of £8,800 as a result of their irresponsibility and negligence as landlords.
Reading’s lead member for housing, Councillor Richard Davies, hoped that the strict fine would be a lesson to other landlords and property managers in the area. He said: ‘HMOs are an important part of the housing market in Reading but they are subject to certain regulations for the safety and comfort of tenants. Most landlords abide by these rules but those who do not and fail to respond to contact by the Council’s officers can expect to face the consequences. This is a good result for Reading’s Private Sector Housing and Legal teams and I hope it makes other property managers and landlords who are tempted to flout the rules sit up and take note.’