GLASGOW LANDLORD BANNED FROM RENTING

The BBC News on 4 May 2016 carried this report:

An "appalling" landlord who kept tenants' deposits worth almost £7,000 has been barred from renting out his property by Glasgow City Council.

Shaban Rehman was found to no longer be a fit and proper person to be a landlord or agent and has been removed from the private landlord's register.

The decision means he cannot let any of his eight flats - or 20 managed through his letting firm, Better Homes Glasgow.

Any attempt would be a criminal offence subject to a fine of up to £50,000.

The council revealed that it had launched an investigation after receiving complaints about Rehman.

Fake flood

A team from the authority's Private Landlord Registration Unit found that Rehman had failed to place two deposits totalling £6,950 with an approved rent deposit scheme.

In one case, Rehman took a deposit worth £3,200 for a flat in Glasgow from a family relocating from London.

When they arrived, they were told the flat was unavailable due to flooding and an alternative flat was offered for an additional £700 per month.

To justify the move, Rehman showed the family pictures of a flooded property which was actually a flat in London that had been highlighted in the media earlier that year.

He subsequently placed the flat in Glasgow's west end back on the rental market without ever paying back the deposit.

'Untold distress'

In the second case, a tenant discovered that his deposit of £3,750 had not been paid into an approved tenancy deposit scheme when the flat in Pollokshields was repossessed for mortgage arrears.

Rehman had provided the tenant with a document that apparently showed money had been paid into the scheme, but on investigation it was found the document only confirmed registration, not payment into an account.

Richard Brown, executive director of the council's development and regeneration services, said: "This kind of appalling behaviour by a registered landlord can never be tolerated.

"Shaban Rehman has taken money from blameless tenants in bad faith and caused his victims untold distress and inconvenience.

"There is no question that he is no longer a fit and proper person to act as a landlord. By his own actions, he has ceased to be a legitimate landlord and has damaged trust in the private sector rental market."