Landlord prosecuted as licensing scheme pushes up standards

Landlord prosecuted as licensing scheme pushes up standards

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Tower Hamlets Council is continuing its clamp down on rogue landlords following another successful prosecution of a private rental property owner.
Mr Mohammed Imran Hussain, landlord and managing agent of a flat in Gibraltar Walk, Shoreditch, was fined £500 for failing to provide details of all tenants and subtenants at his property. He was also ordered to pay £250 in court costs and a £50 victim surcharge.
Council officers were concerned when Mr Hussain neglected to supply tenancy agreements for his property as per the requirement of a Section 235 notice he was served. The property is located within Weavers and Spitalfields ward, one of three which is part of the Tower Hamlets landlord licensing scheme.
The successful prosecution comes as the scheme continues to prove popular, with over 1500 landlords now registered.
The scheme requires landlords of privately rented property in the areas of Whitechapel, Weavers and Spitalfields and Banglatown to apply for a licence for each of their properties.
The licence requirement has been introduced to raise standards and improve the management of privately rented homes. Licensed landlords’ properties must meet fire, electric and gas safety standards and be in a good state of repair. They must also be able to deal effectively with any complaints about their tenants.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “We are working hard to clamp down on the small minority of poor quality landlords in our borough. No landlord breaching health and safety rules and regulations should be allowed to get away with putting residents at risk.
“Residents can be sure that any landlord signing up to our licensing scheme is managing their properties well. We will support them in our commitment to improve the standards of private rental properties in the borough.”
Councillor Sirajul Islam, statutory deputy mayor and cabinet member for Housing added:
“Our landlord licensing scheme has been well received across the three areas. We want those that are considering renting a property in Tower Hamlets to be confident that they will be moving into a home that is of a good standard with a reliable landlord.”
To find out more about the scheme visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 020 7364 5008.

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