Landlords brought to book for failing to licencePublished Monday, 4th December 2017
Three landlords in Rotherham have been convicted of failing to comply with the requirement to register their properties with the Council’s Selective Licensing Scheme.
Jahangir Akhtar of Clough Road, Masbrough, Azzizum Akhtar of Old Wortley Road, Kimberworth and Wayne Housten of High Ridge, Surrey, all pleaded guilty to charges brought under the Housing Act 2004 at Sheffield Magistrates Court.
Father and son, Jahangir and Azzizum Akhtar were found to be involved in the operation of the same property on Clough Road, Masbrough which is in one of Rotherham’s designated Selective Licensing areas.
The Council became aware of the property following a referral from South Yorkshire Police. Azzizum stated in mitigation that the property was controlled by his father and he was the owner in name only. He was not aware that the property was not licensed and his father, Jahangir, accepted responsibility for this error.
Azzizum Akhtar was given a conditional discharge but ordered to pay a total of £320 in costs. The Court imposed a total of £680 fines and costs on Jahangir Akhtar. Mr Housten also pleaded guilty to failing to licence a property on Shakespeare Drive at Dinnington. In total, he was ordered to pay £950 in fines and costs.
Rotherham Council introduced Selective Licensing in May 2015 and almost 2,000 privately rented properties have been licensed since its introduction. The scheme is striving to improve the quality of housing on offer in the sector and to encourage better management of properties and tenants by landlords.