Rogue landlords get hefty fines in council crackdown

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Luton’s Rogue Landlord Project campaign is continuing to ensure that tenants are not ripped off and asked to live in squalid and dangerous accommodation. Two landlords have been fined recently for renting properties that were not up to the standards required.

Ashton Carter Properties and Qadir Hussain were both fined for an unlicensed HMO and for a breach of fire safety regulations in relation to 247 Park Street, Luton. The total fines, including the victim surcharges, were £7,170 for Ashton Carter and £4,382 for Mr Hussain.

Shooaib Rabbani Saeed was fined almost £1,000 for the breach of a prohibition order which prevented him from using the attic at 55 New Bedford Road as living accommodation; he also accepted a caution for operating an HMO without the necessary licence.

Cllr Tom Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “We will not tolerate landlords who rent properties which fail to meet standards. The Council has a commitment to ensure that private landlords in Luton do not take financial advantage of vulnerable tenants and put their lives at risk. We will not hesitate to prosecute landlords who show a disregard for the law and their responsibilities towards occupants.”

It is easy to check on a specific property. There is a full list of registered HMOs on the Council’s website www.luton.gov.uk/hmo. Residents can report concerns by emailing HMO.hotline@luton.gov.uk or calling 01582 547222 in complete confidence.