A rogue landlord has been fined tens of thousands of pounds upon being found guilty of breaching HMO (Houses of Multiple Occupation) Management Regulations.
Inspectors described the property, owned and managed by Nottingham HMO Ltd, as “filthy,” “verminous” and in a serious “state of disrepair,” after a rat infestation was discovered in its kitchen.
Officers from Nottingham City Council first visited the home in January of this year, after the owners applied for a licence to turn the property into an HMO – which was swiftly refused.
An inspection also revealed that the property had no smoke alarms or fire doors, was “dilapidated” and not “up to the required standards for citizens, who have the right to live in a decent and safe home,” according to Council officers.
Nottingham HMO Ltd subsequently found themselves facing a Court battle.
The company, directed by Mr Nazaquat Azam, was fined £19,000 upon being found guilty of breaching HMO Management Regulations, and an additional £10,000 for failing to respond to Council notices requesting information about the property under Section 16 of the Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1976.
Under English Law, HMO Management Regulations 2006 apply to all HMOs regardless of whether such properties require a licence.
Commenting on the case, Councillor Nicola Heaton, portfolio holder for community services, said: “We welcome this conviction and hope that it sends a message out to private landlords who may think about cutting corners on the standard of accommodation.
“Nottingham HMO Ltd completely ignored the advice given to them for their own financial gain, placing their tenants at the risk of harm.
“This is simply a matter of ‘profit before safety’ and the landlord has been held accountable for all criminal actions,” she added.