Eastwood properties deemed as “unfit” close

Published Tuesday, 20th November 2018
Eastwood properties deemed as “unfit” close
A rogue landlord has been forced to close down two rat infested homes.

A rogue landlord has been forced to close down two rat infested homes he owns in the Eastwood area of Rotherham after they were deemed “unfit” for people to live in.

The landlord has been told to close the properties on Lindley Street after they were deemed unfit for occupation based on serious electrical and fire safety issues.

They were also riddled with pests as well as having signs of rats – all of which fall foul of Rotherham Council’s strict selective licensing rules in the area. The landlord, who has been served with a prohibition notice, will now have his licence revoked and face criminal charges.

A further two landlords have also been taken to task under the Eastwood selective licensing scheme, after ignoring calls to fix boilers at two properties on Bramwell Street. The Council had to carry out emergency repair work after they left their tenants without heating and hot water. The landlords will now be charged for the repairs.

The Council has also secured a conviction against the landlord of a property on Bethel Road, after he failed to clean his garden despite repeated warnings to do so. Waseem Ali Yunus was ordered to pay a total of £1,019.21 in fines and costs at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.

Landlord Basharat Hussain was also found guilty at Sheffield Magistrate’s Court of failing to licence two properties on the street he lives, on Carlisle Street. He was ordered to pay more than £550 in fines and costs. One of the properties was in such a state that it was prohibited from use in March 2018 by the Council.

In addition, Council officers also closed a property on Cottenham Road, Eastwood, after discovering the house had rats.

Cllr Dominic Beck, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “Nobody should have to live in such appalling conditions, which is why we will seek to bring to justice those that force tenants to live in such miserable squalor.

“We are working hard to banish bad landlords, which is why we have our selective licensing scheme in an area like Eastwood. The majority of landlords in this area work well with us and adhere to the conditions. But there still remain a minority who seek to flout the rules, which often sees them preying on the most vulnerable and deprived in our society. I hope these latest enforcement actions gets the message out there that we will not let this happen and will take swift action wherever we see such issues arising.”

These latest actions are part of a number of measures aimed at making Eastwood a better place for residents to live. They come as the Council on Monday, November 19 agreed a recommendation to approve a plan to build new homes on a former car park in the area.

The York Road site had become a waste land in recent years, following its demise as a local car park. Now the Council has approved plans to enable it to be redeveloped instead for local homes.

The car park and adjacent garages are now expected to be transformed into a new residential development. A full development brief will now be submitted to the market with a view to a development partner being found for the site.

Developers will be asked to deliver a scheme with up to 30 homes, with an innovative approach to design and energy efficiency, resulting in job creation for local residents.

Cllr Beck added: “With this approval at Cabinet today we can now look forward to an exciting development in the Eastwood area which will not only create jobs and strengthen the skills of local people, but will also create lasting benefit in terms of new modern and efficient homes, all of which will help boost the desirability of the area.”