Peterborough landlord ignored prohibition

Peterborough landlord ignored prohibition

A LANDLORD who continued to rent out his overcrowded, dangerous house despite a council prohibition has been handed a fine.

Raashid Alyas was fined £4,000 and must pay £910 costs and a £170 victim surcharge after admitting a number of offences at his property in Occupation Road, the Peterborough Telegraph reports.

A council inspection in March 2016 deemed the house only suitable for four people, as a third bedroom was too small, yet a family of seven was living there. The officers also found no smoke alarms, fire hazards surrounding an electric shower and a kitchen light switch, and problems with damp and mould, while issues with the double glazing and roof insulation could have resulted in a quarter of the house's heat being lost.

Mr Alyas was ordered to make improvements to the property and prohibited from renting it out until it had been made safe, but the work had still not been done by November 2017 and the family was still living at the property.

Andrew Burton, prosecuting for Peterborough City Council, said the authority agreed a number of time extensions with Mr Alyas, but to no avail. He had hired a builder, who initially was delayed on another job and then taken ill, and could not find another. He said he had allowed the family to stay in the property because they had nowhere else to go. They have since been rehoused and the work has been carried out.

Pleading guilty to two counts of failing to comply with a housing improvement notice and one count of failing to comply with a housing prohibition order, Mr Alyas said he was struggling financially. Chair magistrate Alan Jones said he had received around £6,000 in rent from the family during the period after the prohibition order was in place. His landlord licence is to be reviewed at a later date.