On Friday 22 January Sukhvinder Singh Swali, aged 44, of Wollaton Road, Wollaton, pleaded guilty at Nottingahm magistrates Court to four breaches of housing legislation in relation to a property he owns and manages in North Circus Street, Nottingham.

In February 2015, a fire broke out in a ground floor cabinet containing the consumer unit and meter which was spotted by a tenant. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service attended and put the fire out in its early stages. This averted a disaster not only for the tenants but also the Albert Hall which is directly next door. Investigations found the electricity supply to be illegally bypassed and the fire detection system not working.

Swali pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates Court to three breaches of management regulations relating to firefighting equipment and fire alarms and for failing to licence the property.

This prosecution is another success for Nottingham City Council’s Safer Housing Team’s Rogue Landlord campaign and sends out a strong message that they will not allow tenants’ lives to be put at risk by people who prioritise rental income by putting profit before safety

[Nottingham City Council Communication, 25 January 2016]]