A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 and given 150 hours of community service at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (14 November 2016) for breaching regulations and forcing his tenants out of their home in Yardley Wood Road, Moseley, Birmingham.
Mr Zahid Khan age 30, also of Yardley Wood Road, Moseley, Birmingham was fined £2,000, with full costs of £5,070.93 and a victim surcharge after being found guilty to causing acts likely to interfere with his tenants’ peace and comfort under Section 1(3A) of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977, failure to obtain an HMO licence and breaching HMO Management Regulations.
Khan intimidated his tenants on 28 December 2015 together with an accomplice to make them leave the property and threatened to change the locks if they did not leave. The property was unlicensed between 13 December 2014 and 28 December 2015 and breached HMO Management Regulations including insufficient smoke alarms, a tripping hazard on the stairs and general disrepair including a sparking electrical socket and holes in the ceilings.
Cabinet member for Housing and Homes, Cllr Peter Griffiths, said: “Khan intimidated his tenants, failed to obtain the relevant HMO licence and breached regulations including those designed to protect tenants from the increased threat of fire associated with houses in multiple occupancy. This is clearly not acceptable. I am glad that we have been able to support these tenants and bring the successful prosecution of this landlord.
“The private rented sector is hugely important to housing in Birmingham and most landlords and tenants have a good relationship. However when a relationship breaks down we are here to support people, ensuring that the legal process is followed and that people are treated fairly.”