1 May 2018

Another victory has just been secured in court as Sheffield City Council continues its clampdown on those who flout the rules in the private rented housing sector.

Choice Housing Limited and its sole director Mr Robert Mellors pleaded guilty to nine breaches of The Management of Houses of Multiple Occupation Regulations in relation to four properties.

Choice Housing Limited is a not for profit Housing Association that houses vulnerable tenants within their properties.

Choice Housing Limited was fined £450, ordered to pay £125 costs and a victim surcharge of £30. Mr Robert Winston Mellors, aged 50 of Herrick Drive, Worksop was fined £450, ordered to pay £125 costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

The court heard how Choice Housing Limited and Mr Mellors showed a complete disregard to the duty of care owed to their tenants and allowed the properties to fall into dangerous substandard condition.

Janet Sharpe, Director of Housing and Neighbourhoods Service at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are still encouraging all private tenants who experience problems to make sure that they let us know. The overwhelming message we are getting from good landlords and tenants is one of thanks and relief that as a council we are exposing the landlords who don’t stick to the rules which tarnishes the whole sector.

“Let this be another strong lesson to everyone that enters the private rental market in Sheffield. We can and will act. And we won’t stop until we’ve driven out anyone that doesn’t comply with their legal responsibilities. Remember that we can only act if we know about any issues so we urge people get in touch if they need help and advice.”

Private Housing Standards

The Council’s Private Housing Standards team are responsible for the regulation of the private rented sector in Sheffield. The team also provide advice and education programmes for landlords to improve their practices. They deal with around 2,000 new enquiries every year relating to the conditions and management of private rented homes. This type of action is part of the Council’s commitment to making sure the private rented sector is safe and well managed, and is a genuine and quality housing option for people in Sheffield.

Tenants or landlords wanting advice on any aspect of private renting can contact use for help and advice: www.sheffield.gov.uk/phs, 0114 273 4680 or email: phs@sheffield.gov.uk