1 September 2016

A Sheffield landlord that continually refused to co-operate with selective licensing in Page Hall has been found guilty by the courts once again and fined more than £4,000.

Mr Sajid Bashir, of Page Hall Road, made a further appearance at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Thursday 25 August. This comes after being fined in August 2015 for failing to licence six properties. Sheffield City Council took prosecution action against Mr Bashir for falsely claiming a seventh property was exempt from the licensing scheme.

The court heard that Mr Bashir had attempted to avoid paying the licence fee by saying tenants of his property on Page Hall Road were close family members. The court found that there was no qualifying exemption and found Mr Bashir guilty.

He was issued with a fine of £1,200, as well as the prosecution costs of £3,059 and a victim surcharge of £120 totalling £4,379. The Court gave Mr Bashir 28 days to pay.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “This man has continuously failed to meet his responsibilities and comply with the law. This has been recognised once again in the courts.

“Other landlords in the area are working positively with us. Yet for more than two years Mr Bashir has been spending his time arguing with us about what he should be doing, instead of putting his time and energy into fulfilling his landlord obligations.”

Selective licensing was introduced by Sheffield City Council in Page Hall to improve the quality of privately rented housing in the area. Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/selectivelicensing for more information.

Private rented housing
The council regulates the private rented housing market in Sheffield to make sure tenants are safe and landlords are meeting their legal responsibilities.

To report any concerns about private rented accommodation in Sheffield please contact the council’s private housing team on 0114 273 4680 or by emailing phs@sheffield.gov.uk