12 November 2015
A Sheffield landlord has been handed a stiff sentence after he failed to provide basic housing standards for his tenant.
A District Judge sitting at Sheffield Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday November 11, 2015) handed out a total of £3,000 in fines and costs to experienced Sheffield landlord Mohammed Altaf Hussain, born 5.06.1941 of Devonshire Road in Dore after he was prosecuted by Sheffield City Council.
The court heard how the one bedroom flat on Pitsmoor Road had six safety hazards including a collapsed floor, dangerous electrics and serious fire risks.
Hussain, who owns five rental properties across Sheffield, was found guilty by District Judge Redhouse.
Cllr Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods said: “This is a landlord who clearly should have known better. It is not acceptable that such a small flat should have had so many defects We are doing what we said we would do. We are cracking down on landlords who refuse to accept their responsibilities. If you want to be a landlord in Sheffield – you must comply and co-operate. It’s as simple as that.
“We are fortunate that the majority of Sheffield’s landlords are responsible and professional. These bad landlords tarnish the whole sector. It’s no surprise that the good landlords are behind us on this.”
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 us for help and advice: www.sheffield.gov.uk/phs, 0114 273 4680 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org