FERAL LANDLORDS PLEAD GUILTY TO HMO OFFENCES

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A family of rogue landlords who manage a number of properties in Nottingham have pleaded guilty to multiple offences. Not only did they fail to licence their properties there were Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Management Regulation breaches, plus non-compliance with improvement notices, under the Housing Act 2004.

On 23 October 2014 N1 Investments Ltd, Mr Kamalpreet Bhabra 36 and Mrs Amrit Kure Bhabra 37 from Leeds were fined totalling £14,925

The family was using the money from their buy-to-let properties for a joint income, while offering appalling conditions and benefiting from vulnerable tenants. The defence claimed naivety and ignorance and they blamed contractors for the failings.

N1 Investments Ltd of Unit 3 Killingbeck Court Leeds and Mr Kamalpreet Bhabra and Mrs Amrit Kaur Bhabra of 660 Scott Hall Road Leeds West Yorkshire pleaded guilty via their solicitor at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Thursday 23 October following a prosecution brought by Nottingham City Council.

When the five properties managed by N1 Investments Ltd were inspected by Community Protection’s Environmental Health HMO team, they found:

  •  Defective fire alarm systems
  • Exposed live and broken electric installations
  • Filthy living conditions and poorly maintained shared kitchen and bathrooms
  • Broken windows

The investigation started in November 2012 following routine reminders to licence the properties were ignored. The investigating officers discovered unsafe conditions in all of the houses offering home to vulnerable tenants, including three children.

The investigations lead to finding, two offences for failure to licence the HMOs and three offences of failing to comply with improvement notices under the Housing Act 2004. Additionally they were charged with five offences under the Management of HMOs Regulations, which can carry a maximum fine of £5,000 each, two failures to licence which can carry maximum fine of £20,000 each and three offences of non-compliance with improvement notices.

Councillor Dave Liversidge, Portfolio holder for Community Safety said: “The successful prosecution comes as the Community Protection team continues its successful Rogue Landlord campaign in the City to raise awareness that tenants have the right to live in a safe and healthy home.” 


To report a rogue landlord visit www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/roguelandlord or telephone Nottingham (0115) 915 2020
 
[Nottingham City Council Press Release, 29 October 2014]