Unlawful landlord prosecuted by Birmingham City Council

By on 07/12/2011 in News

Birmingham City Council has successfully prosecuted a landlord who failed to obtain a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licence from the Council.

Sabirul Islam of Stamford Road, Handsworth, Birmingham has been found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to apply for a licence for a property in Turville Road, Handsworth, Birmingham.

Mr Islam was convicted of the offence on December 7th and fined £500 as well as being ordered to pay the Council's £2000 legal costs and a victim surcharge of £15.

Since April 2006, there has been a requirement to licence houses of three storeys or more, occupied by five or more tenants, who have no family connection and share amenities such as a bathroom or kitchen.  The licence ensures that management standards and housing conditions in the private rented sector are maintained and includes requirements for basic safety including gas, electrical and means of escape from fire.

Tenants of the Turville Road property can now make an application for a Rent Repayment Order to the Residential Property Tribunal to recover  rent paid to Mr Islam.

Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “It's my responsibility to make sure Birmingham tenants, including those who have to share accommodation with a number of other people, are looked after and protected.  I will not tolerate unscrupulous landlords who believe they are above the law. 

“A prosecution has been brought against this individual to enforce safety standards in the private rented sector.”

The council has 1,673 licensed properties, which demonstrates that there are plenty of good landlords in the city.  The HMO Licensing Team will continue to enforce the law where necessary and have had a number of successful prosecutions in the Courts

Landlords who are unsure of the licensing requirements should telephone 0121 303 4009 or go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Satellite/privatelandlords?packedargs=website%3D4&rendermode=live


For more information contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.

Notes to editors
•The Housing Act 2004 places a duty on local authorities to implement a mandatory licensing system for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), which pose the greatest health and safety risks to tenants.

•Under the Act, there will be three types of licensing of HMOs for properties that are covered: Compulsory – 3 or more storeys high have five or more people in more than one household and share amenities such as bathrooms, toilets and cooking facilities.

•Local Authorities also have the provision to extend licensing control to cover lower risk HMOs or selective licensing of private rented dwelling where the council considers it will benefit tenants and communities, in areas of low demand and/or areas with problems of anti-social behaviour.

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