Managing agent fined over shocking conditions at Essex HMO

first_imgHome » Crime » Managing agent fined over shocking conditions at Essex HMO previous nextRegulation & LawManaging agent fined over shocking conditions at Essex HMOAgent and landlord duo found guilty of 25 offences at address in Grays following council raid that found ‘unacceptable’ living conditions for tenants.Nigel Lewis21st June 201901,082 Views A managing agent and two landlord brothers in Essex have been fined £5,000 between them after being found guilty of 25 offences in relation to an HMO they operated in which tenants lived in ‘unacceptable’ conditions.Landlords Devinder Singh Rai and his brother Sohan Singh were found guilty at Colchester Crown Court of operating the property, which when raided by council officers was found to have five bedrooms with unrelated occupant sharing a single kitchen, bathroom and WC.The property, which is on Boscombe Avenue in Grays, featured cables trailing along a front path, a water damaged and split ceiling, a poorly secured front door, broken kitchen units, damp and a non-working gas boiler and cooker.The property’s managing agent was also found guilty of the offences, who is Goodmayes-based Ashford of Essex Ltd including its company directors Akhtar Latif and Mohammed Mobeen Mian Imtiaz.Both the landlords and managing agent were also found guilty of not co-operating with the council’s investigation into the property, including not providing requested paperwork.At the court hearing the landlord duo were told to each pay fines, costs and a victim surcharge of £1,680 while the directors of the managing agency must pay £785 each.“This case is another reminder that we will not tolerate irresponsible landlords who fail to provide acceptable living conditions and have poor management arrangements in place,” says Cllr Barry Johnson, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for Housing (left).“We have introduced a new additional licensing scheme in certain parts of the borough this month to tighten regulations around shared homes even further.”Read more about fines for poorly-run HMOs. Thurrock Council Ashford of Essex Ltd Essex June 21, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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