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Rogue Landlords brought to book with court fines

Two Middlesbrough landlords have been hit with hefty court fines for failing to comply with a local licensing scheme.
The pair are the latest to be brought before the courts for falling foul of the North Ormesby Selective Landlord Licensing scheme which aims to improve standards in the private rented sector.
Under the scheme all private rented properties in the area are required to be licensed by the Council, with the licence-holder required to meet certain ‘fit and proper person’ criteria.
Licence conditions include the carrying out of pre-tenancy reference and annual gas safety checks, as well as the provision of tenancy agreements and having a plan to address anti-social behaviour by tenants.
This week property developer Peter Hall, 39, of Chippenham Road, Easterside, Middlesbrough, was dealt with in his absence being in control or managing a property without having a licence.
Hall was fined £660 for the first three offences and no separate penalty for a further three, and ordered to pay costs of £500 along with a £66 victim surcharge – a total of £2,546.
A second landlord Mohammad Akhtar, of Church Road, Yardley, Birmingham – whose age was not given in court - also failed to attend court but was fined £660 with costs of £200 in his absence, as well as a victim surcharge of £66, making a total of £926.
Councillor Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Communities, said: “A small minority of landlords show little or no interest in managing their properties responsibly.
“They give little thought to the impact of their behaviour, which can seriously affect the lives of other local residents.
“These cases show the effectiveness of the Selective Landlord Licensing scheme as a tool to help us deal with rogue landlords and offer tenants the safeguards to which they are entitled.”

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