Clamp down on landlord guilty of unlicensed house

Published
30.11.2016

A landlord from Gloucester has been found guilty for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) and for not complying with management regulations.

Mr Abdulla Juma Miraj, of 79 Vauxhall Road, Gloucester appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on 14th November, and pleaded not guilty.

However, the court found Mr Miraj, the leaseholder of 155 Barton Street, Gloucester, guilty, and he was ordered to pay £400 for each offence with £80 victim surcharge and £1000 court costs.

This prosecution is as a result of the ongoing inspections of houses in multiple occupations in the city centre by Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service. Including this one, there have now been five convictions.

Julie Wight, private sector housing manager at Gloucester City Council, said: "Landlords must realise that they must comply with mandatory licensing and management regulations when operating a HMO.

"This council will not fail in their duty to take action against landlords who break the law. They place their tenants at risk of harm from poorly maintained and managed property. Our private sector housing team is always happy to work with landlords and offer guidance regarding the legislation."

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "It is absolutely vital that landlords are looking after residents safety by complying with regulations. Failure to do this could ultimately lead to tragic and preventable consequences and we are determined to stop that happening."

For guidance on legislation as a landlord, please visit, http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/resident/housing/housing-standards-and-conditions/Pages/Advice-for-Landlords.aspx or contact 01452 396396.

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