Homes rented out by Ruksar Ahmed, 49, of Cedar Avenue in Hazlemere, were found to have major problems – including broken window fittings in a room occupied by children, a damaged fire alarm and cooker head, a hole in the wall behind a shower, dangerous electrics in a shower room, trip hazards in the way of an escape from the building and rubbish left in a communal garden.
Mr Ahmed first came to the attention of Wycombe District Council in February 2019 because he was the owner of an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO). He was told to apply for a license – which he did – but in the application, he failed to tell the council about other HMOs.
He also gave a correspondence address that was uncovered to be a second unlicensed HMO which was owned and managed by him.
When he was confronted, he also failed to mention another HMO – which was only discovered during an investigation.
On Wednesday, January 29, Mr Ahmed pleaded guilty to nine charges put before the Wycombe Magistrates’ Court – including that he failed to license two HMOs and seven breaches of the The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 relating to poor conditions within the houses.
He was ordered to pay a fine of £15,000 as well as £2,134 in costs and a victim surcharge of £170, bringing the total to £17,304.
Wycombe District Council has been trying to crack down on the number of unlicensed homes in the area – which has included street-by-street action to identify HMOs to help improve conditions for those living there.
Cllr Julia Langley said they “won’t hesitate to take legal action when a landlord flouts the rules like this”.
She said: We won’t hesitate to take legal action when a landlord flouts the rules like this.
“Unlicensed HMOs often have some of the worst housing conditions in the district and often house some of the most vulnerable in our society.
“We suspect there are still a number of unlicensed HMOs within the district and so we welcome and act on all intelligence.”
Anyone suspecting an unlicensed HMO can report it to
Source: Bucksfree Press
Author: Stephanie Wareham
Date: 4th of February 2020