A landlord who left his tenants in ‘dangerous conditions’ has been fined.

City council housing inspectors found a number of issues associated with the property, which is in the Hyson Green and Arboretum ward, including dangerous stairs, structural collapse, excessive cold, damp, mould, fire hazards, issues with food safety and sanitation and drainage.

Haroon Karim, 34, failed to comply with an Improvement Notice, exposing the tenants of the property to the issues.

In addition, there was a breach of the HMO licence conditions in that the landlord had failed to provide ‘adequate amenities’ within the kitchen that were suitable for the number of the tenants living in the property.

He failed to provide a microwave, oven or an additional cooker; as well as failing to provide an adequate number of electrical sockets and failing to provide sufficient amenities for food preparation and washing up by not providing an additional sink or dishwasher.

Karim, from Bramcote, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Housing Act 2004, failing to comply with Housing of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licence conditions and failing to comply with an Improvement Notice.

At a Nottingham Magistrates’ Court hearing on January 11, he was ordered to pay a fine and legal costs totalling £1,001.42.

Councillor Linda Woodings, the city council’s portfolio holder for planning, housing and heritage, said: “The work of Nottingham City Council’s Safer Housing team is vital to improving the conditions of homes in the private rented sector, so when we inspect a property and find serious defaults we expect them to be fixed so tenants can live in a safe home.

“We will only take legal action as a last resort, if a landlord doesn’t not work with us to improve their property.

“Most landlords are good landlords, but there are some, like Mr Karim, who give others a bad name.

“I would urge tenants to contact us if they have issues with their home, that aren’t being sorted.”



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