27 November 2015
Another victory was secured in court yesterday as Sheffield City Council continues its clampdown on rogue landlords. The latest case was against letting agents and showed the council is tackling bad agents just as much as individual landlords.
Global Letting Property Management Ltd, whose Directors are Merban Younis, Zulfiqar Ali Khan and Mohammed Ali Suleman, have their agency office on Owler Lane, Sheffield. Magistrates handed down over £3,400 in fines and costs to the agency for its failure to comply with the Selective Licensing scheme at one property on Popple Street and another on Lloyd Street at Sheffield Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday, 26 November). The Court heard how Global was managing the unlicensed properties for a period of eight months. The council’s prosecutor stated that Global had failed to provide any evidence to show they had attempted to comply with their obligations as property managers.
The agent has a high profile in Page Hall where the licensing scheme was introduced in April 2014. It requires all private landlords or their agents to apply to the council for a licence and comply with property and management standards. It was introduced to tackle irresponsible lettings and improve the condition and safety of privately rented homes in Page Hall, and how they are managed. Since its introduction the council has prosecuted 14 landlords covering 26 properties in Page Hall and is now inspecting all of the properties to enforce the standards and licence conditions.
Cllr Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “Since we started this clampdown we’ve been contacted by many people who want to tell us their stories about private renting in Sheffield. 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 bad ones that tarnish 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.
“I know what it’s like to have a bad landlord. Please tell us if your landlord isn’t treating you or your home properly. We can only act if we know about it. ”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org