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George Lindsay aged 55 from Erdington was successfully prosecuted by Birmingham city council and sentenced to pay a fine of £19,970 and only got away without jail time, because the guidelines did not permit the judge the option.
Lindsay was found guilty of failing to obtain an HMO licence and 13 infringements of HMO regulations that included:
– Endangering 10 people including 4 children with missing smoke alarms
– Missing and inadequate fire doors
– Mattresses blocking fire escape routes
– Scorched electrical fittings
– No gas and electrical test certificates
– No kitchen facilities for a tenant
– Roof leaks into a bedroom
– Missing shower head forcing 9 people to share a bathroom
The Council had to contact the local fire service and immediately make the property safe. What is worse is that Lindsay had 4 properties and had been renting for 20 years under who knows what conditions.
Property118 would certainly not want to call him a Landlord! These are exactly the sort of criminals other councils need to be chasing rather than hounding out brilliant landlords that provide much needed housing with onerous regulations, paperwork and costs .
Acting director for neighbourhoods at Birmingham City Council, Robert James, said, “In the middle of a national housing crisis it’s absolutely disgraceful that landlords, like Mr Lindsay, are taking advantage of people in this unscrupulous way. When the council is made aware of properties like these, we’ll do all that we can to pursue rogue landlords and to ensure that tenants are kept safe and their rights to decent housing are upheld.
“HMO properties can be a great means to providing affordable housing and we’ll continue to work closely with the landlords who provide a fantastic service. However, we must ensure that standards are upheld so that citizens in Birmingham get the housing which they deserve.”
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