Three Rotherham Landlords have been ordered to pay a combined total of over £4000 by Sheffield Magistrates Court for breaching Rotherham Council selective licensing requirements and breaching statutory notices, aimed at protecting private tenants.
The Court heard that Waseem Asif, of Balmer Rise, Maltby failed to carry out remedial works at his rental property on Holmes Lane, Ferham.
Mr Asif failed to appear and was found guilty in his absence on Thursday 6th February of breaching an Improvement Notice served by the Council.
He was also found guilty of other offences relating to Selective Licence conditions under the licenses he has for properties he manages across the central area of Rotherham including in Ferham, Wellgate and Eastwood.
Mr Asif was fined £1,400, ordered to pay costs £484 and a victim surcharge of £100.
Mr Raoof Sultan of Doncaster Road, Rotherham was also found to be breaching an Improvement Notice served by the Council requiring remedial works at his rental property on Bowen Road, Eastwood.
He was also found guilty in his absence on Monday 10th February of other offences relating to the Selective Licence he holds for the property.
Mr Sultan was fined £1000, ordered to pay costs of £913.97 and victim surcharge of £100.
Rebecca Maloney of Nursey Road, Dinnington pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed property on Victoria Road, Maltby.
Miss Maloney was fined £200, ordered to pay costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £32.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Dominic Beck, said: “The vast majority of private landlords across the borough are responsible but a small minority do undermine the hard work of the rest. Selective Licensing of private rented housing has been shown to be a successful tool to improve standards of private rented properties and helps ensure that landlords play their part in improving neighbourhoods by renting safe and healthy homes.
“We will continue to take action against those landlords who fail to act on their responsibilities and to those who fail to ensure their tenants have a decent standard of housing.”