Landlord prosecuted by Rugby Borough Council for putting the safety of tenants at risk in Cambridge Street and Newbold Road

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TWO landlords who rent out multi-occupied houses in Rugby have been prosecuted by Rugby Borough Council (RBC).

Improvement notices were served on Jasbir Singh Aulak, landlord of 106 Cambridge Street, in July 2011 when officers found serious failings for fire safety at the property which was being rented out to four tenants.

Subsequent inspections by Rugby Borough Council identified Aulak had failed to carry out the required improvements within the three month timescale and failed to manage the property to a reasonable standard.

Rugby Borough Council took the prosecution against Aulak for seven offences under the Housing Act 2004.

The case was heard yesterday (Monday) at Nuneaton Magistrates court where Aulak, from Leamington Spa, was found guilty of each offence and fined £2800 and ordered to pay the council’s full costs of £1166.

The second landlord prosecuted by the Council was Mokhtar Mohammad Pouri, landlord of 97 Newbold Road. Despite Pouri previously having been prosecuted by Rugby Borough Council in May 2011 for failing to comply with improvement notices, the council found Pouri had continued to fail to carry out the required improvement works and subsequently brought further prosecution proceedings against the landlord.

Pouri, from Nottingham, pleaded guilty at Nuneaton Magistrates and was fined £600 for the continued breaches and ordered to pay £300 towards the council’s costs.

Cllr Leigh Hunt, sustainable and inclusive communities portfolio holder, said: “Rugby Borough Council’s duty is to ensure that all tenants are living in healthy and safe accommodation. In most cases the council is able to work with landlords to ensure the necessary repair works are undertaken without further action. However there are occasions when landlords fail to do so and further action is necessary. Landlords should understand that the council will take prosecutions in cases where there is a clear failure to comply with housing legislation.”

The Housing Act 2004 requires that all privately rented properties provide a safe and healthy environment for occupiers and visitors. Landlords are required to ensure that their properties remain free from hazards which may pose a risk to the health and safety of their tenants and any visitors to the property. Landlords of houses in multiple occupation must also ensure they maintain and manage their property in accordance with the relevant management regulations.

A number of other enforcement cases are being currently actioned by the council. The objective is to ensure safe homes for all tenants living within the Borough’s private rented accommodation. Any tenant concerned about accommodation standards or landlord behaviour should contact Rugby Borough Council on (01788) 533882.