A Doncaster landlord has been banned for two and half years after repeatedly putting tenants’ lives at risk by letting unsafe housing.
This landlord banning order is reportedly the first in the North of England and only the third achieved by a council since the order came into effect in April 2018.
Following a hearing on 24th October 2019, the Property Tribunal Service banned Almas Rashid, 39, of 105 Thorne Road, Doncaster from letting any housing in England and engaging in English letting agency work or property management work for a period of two years and six months.
The ban takes effect from 14th February 2020.
If the banning order is breached, penalties can include imprisonment for up to 51 weeks or a court fine – or both – or a civil financial penalty of up to £30,000.
The successful Doncaster Council application to ban Mr Rashid followed a string of prosecutions in January 2019 for constantly failing to comply with improvement notices, not obtaining a Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence and breaches of the HMO Management Regulations in respect of two multiple occupied houses. Mr Rashid pleaded guilty to seven offences under the Housing Act 2004 and was ordered to pay £400 per offence, £2,800 in total. He also had to pay costs of £2,579.73 and a £40 victim surcharge.
Cllr Chris McGuinness, Cabinet Member for Communities, the Voluntary Sector and Environment, said: “The granting of this banning order sends out a clear message to all rogue landlords that our Housing Enforcement team are at the cutting edge of enforcement. When tenants are put at risk through the actions or lack of action by a landlord, we will clamp down by using all the enforcement tools at our disposal.”
Cllr Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing and Equalities, said: “We will take tough action against landlords who fail to comply with licensing rules as we are determined to drive up housing standards across the borough and improve health and safety for tenants. Good quality, safe housing is important for Doncaster residents and our communities.”