ROGUE LANDLORDS FINED £30,000 AFTER NTU STUDENTS COMPLAIN

In summing up the District Judge commented that it was unfortunate that the Tariqs had taken on building surveyor students in their final year who had knowledge of building failures and rightly complained of the conditions they were living in.  This was in contrast to the vulnerable international students who were living in worse conditions on the upper floors.  He set the fees as a warning to those who wish to do the same.

Two rogue landlords have been rumbled by building surveyor students in their final year who had knowledge of the lack of building standards of their private rented property at 26 -28 Corporation Oaks, Nottingham.

The hearing at Nottingham’s Magistrates Court on 12 November found Mr Irafan Tariq and Mrs Sajadah Tariq of 55 Ringwood Crescent, Wollaton, Nottingham guilty in their absence of multiple breaches of safety standards and lack of licensing.

Following complaints via Nottingham Trent University’s Student Advice Centre and a Fire Officer, Safer Housing officers visited this former nursing home.  Mrs Tariq was present and stated there was no one living there, although there were belongings relating to tenants including mobile phones and laptops on charge.  Mrs Tariq stated these belongings had been left by former tenants and she was going to get rid of them.

When a warrant was applied for and granted and entry was gained, the property was found to be occupied by seven international students on the upper floors and five building surveyor students on the ground floor. 

There were many contraventions of The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 which included items of disrepair and management issues such as a live electrical cable protruding out of a kitchen floor and a kitchen fire door removed.  Further breaches include an escape exit door screwed shut, dirty conditions in kitchens, no heating and the fire alarm system was not working.

The Tariqs were both found guilty in their absence for offences under the following:

The Housing Act 2004, Part 2, Section 61 and 72 (1) for failure to licence the property.

Seven offences under The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006, Sections 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9.

This was Mr Irfan Tariq’s second offence for similar Housing Act related offences.  He was fined £8,000 in June regarding 2 Carlton Road, Nottingham.  Yesterday he was fined:

  • £8,000 for failure to licence
  • £1,000 for each breach of Management Regulations = £7,000
  • Required to pay £120 victim surcharge
  • Required to pay 50% of the Council’s costs = £1,512.
  • Total of £16,632.

Mrs Sajadah Tariq was also fined:

  • £5,000 for failure to licence
  • £1,000 for each breach of Management Regulations = £7,000
  • Required to pay £120 victim surcharge
  • Required to pay 50% of the Council’s costs = £1,512.
  • Total of £13,632.
  • Combined total of £30,264

In summing up the District Judge commented that it was unfortunate [Ed: for the Tariqs] that the Tariqs had taken on building surveyor students in their final year who had knowledge of building failures and rightly complained of the conditions they were living in.  This was in contrast to the vulnerable international students who were living in worse conditions on the upper floors.  He set the fees as a warning to those who wish to do the same.

Councillor Nicola Heaton, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at Nottingham City Council, said: “The Tariqs were operating a business, and making money from this.  If they had applied for a licence the authorities would have ensured the property was to the correct standard before the property was let out. Instead they chose not to, which left young students vulnerable and in a house that was unsafe and not fit for the private rental market.”

[Nottingham City Council Press Release,  13 November 2015]