A Sheffield landlord has been prosecuted by the council beacause of the condition of properties that he owns and rents out in the city.
Sheffield landlord Wasim Khan, of Abbeydale Road, together with the company that he runs, Hallam Hills Ltd, were both prosecuted by Sheffield council due to two properties that had been rented out in the city, despite not having the correct rental licence.
The properties, in Club Garden Road, Sharrow and Bannerdale Road, Bannerdale had both been converted into Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) in order to maximise revenue, but neither Mr Khan nor Hallam Hills Ltd had applied for an HMO licence for either of the properties.
The properties in question were also seen to be poorly maintained.
The Sheffield landlord did not attend the prosecution at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court. Neither did any representative of Hallam Hills Ltd. Both were found guilty of the allegations in their absence.
Mr Khan and Hallam Hills Ltd were both fined £2,600 for 13 offences and ordered to pay £1,200 costs.
In a separate court case, another Sheffield landlord, Mark Reaney, of The Quadrant, Firth Park, Sheffield, was also prosecuted by Sheffield council on the same day.
Attending court, Mr Reaney pleaded guilty to failing to licence his property and breaching housing regulations.
Mr Reaney was served with a conditional order of discharge and ordered to pay costs of £1,295 costs.
Commenting on the cases, Sheffield Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, Councillor Jayne Dunn, said: ‘We’re one of the leading authorities in this area and I will continue to fight for good quality, safe housing. These latest prosecutions show just how seriously the council takes this.
‘We will continue to clamp down on bad practices. It is not right that some landlords put profit before tenant safety.’