A Rotherham landlord was ordered to pay more than £5,000 after he failed to carry out vital safety works on his properties – including work to correct fire hazards.
Sheffield Magistrates heard that Hanif Mohammed Khan,54, of Broom Lane, Rotherham, who owns properties in Rotherham’s Eastwood selective licensing area, had failed to carry out works required by the council, which served improvement notices on him.
This included improvements required to deal with hazards relating to fire safety, damp and in the case of one property on Selborne Street at Eastwood, the state of the kitchen – a new one was needed and was only completed some 12 months later on the morning of the court hearing.
He was convicted of three offences of breaching improvement notices and one breach of his selective licence for failing to provide a valid gas safety certificate.
After being found guilty of the four offences in his absence on Tuesday, 28 May he was fined a total of £4,000. He was ordered to pay costs of £1,121 and a victim surcharge of £100.
After the case, Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for housing, Councillor Dominic Beck, said: “Although the majority of private landlords are law abiding, we will continue to take action through the courts against the small minority who fail to act on their responsibilities and ensure that their tenants have a decent standard of housing.”