Neglectful landlords fined

Published: 28 July 2017

Two landlords who failed to properly manage their rented properties in Slough have been ordered to pay nearly £8,000 after being prosecuted by Slough Borough Council.

Case one

Modage Limited, registered at 170 Draycott Avenue, Harrow, Essex, HA3 0BZ, who own and are the landlords of 198a High Street, Slough, were fined £2,500 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 and costs of £2,500 after pleading guilty to failing to comply with an improvement notice.

Following a complaint in summer 2016 an officer from the housing regulation team inspected the property and identified hazards such as excess cold caused by defective windows and heating, damp and mould, a kitchen in poor state of repair with a broken cooker, doors hanging off and broken lights.

Modage Limited were given a period of time to complete the necessary repairs but, having failed to do so, were served with an improvement notice under the Housing Act 2004.

When council officers returned to the property in October 2016 the improvements had not been made and the conditions in the property continued to present a risk to the health and safety of its occupants.

The housing regulation team has visited the property since the prosecution and confirmed the works have now been completed.

Case two

Mr Ali Abbas Mehmood of Blenheim Road, who owns and is the landlord of 19 Farm Crescent, Slough, was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £150 and costs of £1,162 after failing to appear in court.

When council officers attended the property in November 2016 following a complaint from the tenant, they found water leaking from the shower onto the kitchen surfaces, rendering the kitchen unusable. Mr Mehmood’s response to his tenant was to advise her not to use the shower.

Mr Mehmood was served a notice under section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, requiring him to repair the leak. Mr Mehmood failed to carry out the required works.

Councillor Arvind Dhaliwal, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “Being a landlord is a serious responsibility and not one to be taken lightly, as Modage Limited and Mr Mehmood recently learned.

“It is the landlord’s job to ensure the safety of their property and to keep it well maintained for their tenants.

“These convictions should serve as a warning to all landlords shirking their responsibilities that we will not tolerate the poor management of rented properties in Slough.

“We will continue to take a robust approach to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, even if that means taking people to court.”

Modage Limited appeared at Reading Magistrates Court on Friday 7 July. Mr Mehmood’s case was heard the same day and he was convicted in his absence.

Anyone concerned that their landlord isn’t fulfilling their obligations, please contact the housing regulation team by completing an online form at
https://www.slough.gov.uk/housing/private-tenants-service-request-form.aspx