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Landlord of multiple bedsit properties fined £54,000 for failing to ensure homes were safe

welsh landlord british landlord association reportsA Swansea landlord who owns a number of HMO properties in the city centre has been fined nearly £60,000 for a string of offences.

Abdul Latif, of Gower Road, Sketty , pleaded guilty to 18 offences linked to his properties.

Seventeen of the offences were included under the Housing Act 2004 and included failure to license HMOs and failing to manage the properties in a way that ensured they were safe for tenants.

A final offence under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 (Rent Smart Wales) was also included for failing to register as a landlord of a property.

The case, which concluded in Swansea Magistrates this week, resulted from a series of inspections of Mr Latif’s properties by Swansea Council environmental health officers.

During the visits to five HMOs, officers noted that Mr Latif had failed to ensure the houses had a proper means of escape in case of fire, fire-fighting equipment and alarms were not maintained, and drainage systems were not in good working order and were generally in poor condition.

Magistrates fined Mr Latif a total of £90,000 for the offences but this was reduced to £54,000 because of early guilty pleas at a previous hearing in November 2017.

The court also included costs awarded to the council of £3,338.50 and a victim surcharge of £170.

David Hopkins, cabinet member for delivery, said: “Landlords in Swansea should take notice of the outcome of this prosecution and understand this council will not sit back and allow some landlords who rent unsafe and badly managed properties to make a profit.

“Tenants living in our city deserve to live in safe, clean and well managed rented accommodation and we will continue to work with the courts to ensure landlords that ignore their responsibilities are dealt with appropriately.”

The court heard that Mr Latif also had three agents managing his properties and all three were prosecuted at earlier hearings after pleading guilty to a range of offences.

All the cases were reported to Rent Smart Wales, which decides on licences for landlords and agents.

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