Landlord and lettings agents fined for breaching regs

A landlord from Harborne and a letting agents from Selly Oak have been fined a total of £5,590 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to meet simple housing standards.

They were both fine for failure to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching management regulations at a three-storey student property in North Road, Selly Oak.

Dodgy wiring at the property on North Road, Selly Oak
Dodgy wiring at the property on North Road, Selly Oak

Ashley Borne Sales and Lettings Ltd of Bristol Road, Selly Oak Birmingham pleaded guilty to failing to obtain an HMO licence for the six-bedroomed house and was fined £2,500 with £1,185 costs and victim surcharge of £170.

Kuldip Singh, age 40, of The Lindens, Harborne, Birmingham pleaded guilty to multiple breaches of management regulations – many of which were fire hazards – and was fined £500 with £1,185 costs and victim surcharge of £50.

Cabinet member for Housing and Homes, Cllr Peter Griffiths, said: “Ashley Borne Sales and Lettings Ltd is based in the heart of Selly Oak where most of the properties are multiple occupancy houses for students.  Both the lettings agents and the landlord should have known about HMO licensing, HMO regulations and their duty to protect their tenants.

“This six-bedroomed property was rented to students from outside Birmingham and their parents believed that they were living in decent accommodation.  We have a responsibility to these young people and their families and I am glad that we have been able to bring both the landlord and the letting agents to justice through our specialist work on rogue landlords.”