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Landlord fined for letting out poor quality accomodation

A landlord letting cold, damp properties and some with no working toilet and dangerous electrics must pay more than £12,000 for allowing tenants to live in poor conditions.

Robert Emery of Bull Lane, Higham failed to make improvements to two properties in Chatham and another in Gillingham, ignoring legal notices.

He also continued to let the Gillingham property in Adelaide Road despite the council having served a prohibition order in May, preventing anyone living there due to its poor state.

Two months after the order was served council officers discovered new tenants living in the property, which had damp in every room. The tenants were placed there by housing agent Hilton Taylor acting on behalf of Emery.

Another of his properties in Coronation Road, Chatham had a damp problem as well as no heating and the toilet was broken.

The council had first contacted Emery about the poor condition of this property in June 2013. This was followed up with a formal improvement notice but he failed to carry out the necessary work.

A third property in Magpie Hall Road, Chatham had a dangerous electrical system, rising damp, condensation and some windows were lacking restrictors.

Despite the poor conditions, Emery allowed a tenant with two children under the age of five to live there and ignored all council correspondence and an improvement notice.

Emery pleaded guilty to three offences relating to the three properties, but did not appear at Medway Magistrates' Court when the case was heard on Thursday, 27 November. Instead, representatives from letting agent Hilton Taylor were in court on his behalf.

Magistrates fined the rogue landlord £8,300 as well as costs of £3,430 and a £350 victim surcharge.


Rogue landlord guilty of unlawfully evicting tenant

A rogue landlord has pleaded guilty to unlawfully evicting her tenant and has been sentenced to a community order. Mrs Rukhsana Tariq pleaded guilty to unlawfully evicting her tenant Mr Hakeem Shiittu from his room in Williamson Way, Oxford.

The court heard that on 7 April 2012, the 38-year-old dumped Mr Shittu’s belongings outside, changed the lock to the front door and refused to allow him back in. Following the unlawful eviction, Mr Shittu was forced to sleep rough on several occasions.

Mrs Tariq, of High Street, Sutton, pleaded guilty at Banbury Magistrates’ Court. She was sentenced at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Friday 8th February. She was given a community order with an unpaid work requirement of 80 hours, ordered to pay £460 compensation to Mr Shittu and £1162.50 in costs.

There is a clear legal process for landlords who want to evict their tenants and the courts have backed up our policy of taking tough enforcement action against those who illegally take tenants homes from them.

– Councillor Ed Turner, Deputy Leader of the Council