Tag Archives: Rogue landlords

Estate agent secretly tried to let home he should have sold Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property News

An estate agent tried to make some money on the side by renting an empty home he was trying to sell.

Your Move sales consultant Daniel Morriss, 25, advertised the two-bed house to let online as a furnished let for £500 per month without telling the owner. Continue reading Estate agent secretly tried to let home he should have sold


Sex spy landlord secretly filmed couples in bed Cautionary Tales, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property News

A landlord addicted to porn secretly watched couples having sex with a spy camera secreted in an alarm clock on a bedside table in a holiday cottage bedroom.

A judge told Jonathan Waugh, 52, that he was disgusting and depraved, when jailing him for a year at York Crown Court. Continue reading Sex spy landlord secretly filmed couples in bed


HMO landlord fined £5,500 for letting filthy home Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property Maintenance, Property News

The landlord of a filthy and overcrowded shared house was fined £5,500 after admitting 23 licensing and management offences to magistrates.

Jan Assakzai 42, of Friars Road, East Ham, London, picked up the fine at Thames Magistrates Court and was also ordered to pay £300 legal costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Continue reading HMO landlord fined £5,500 for letting filthy home


Struck-off solicitor branded slum landlord for house of filth Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Maintenance

A struck-off solicitor and an estate agent who managed a house shared by 12 tenants who lived in filthy conditions have been branded slum landlords by their local council.

Both picked up rents from the tenants for an absent owner in Nigeria but failed to run the house in multiple occupation according to strict licensing rules and safety regulations. Continue reading Struck-off solicitor branded slum landlord for house of filth


HMO landlord pays £13,000 for ignoring repair order Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Maintenance

A shared house landlord who ignored council orders to upgrade his property was ordered to pay more than £13,000 in fines and costs by magistrates.

A team from Selby Council swooped on the house in multiple occupation (HMO) following complaints from tenants. Continue reading HMO landlord pays £13,000 for ignoring repair order


Landlord jailed after mum and daughter die in arson blaze Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, Latest Articles

HMO landlord Lookman Adeyemi has been jailed for four months and ordered to pay £10,000 costs after admitting flouting fire safety rules after a blaze that killed a 29 year old mum and her three year old daughter.

The unlicensed shared house in Milton Keynes was set alight in an arson attack against another tenant by his spurned lover, who is serving a prison sentence for manslaughter. Continue reading Landlord jailed after mum and daughter die in arson blaze


Interest Free Buy to Let Mortgages 0% APR Buy to Let News, Fun Stuff, Latest Articles, Mortgage News, Property Investment News, Property Market News, Property118 News

We have seen interest free credit cards and financing for TV’s, sofa’s and even cars but we never expected to see this in the buy to let property sector. What’s more, the facilities come with a free valuation, no arrangement fees and no early repayment charges. There is a catch though. Funds are extremely limited and potential applicants have only until midday on 01/04/2012 to register and book funds. It is still unclear as to whether the funds can only be used for new purchases or to refinance existing portfolio’s. Continue reading Interest Free Buy to Let Mortgages 0% APR


Open Letter to Grant Shapps from Farah Damji Guest Columns, Latest Articles

*Property118 is not in any way aligned with Kazuri nor Farah Damji, but we believe questions should be raised about the funding being poured into Shelter and Crisis to work with private landlords when they have done and continue to do so much to damage the reputation of the Private Rented Sector. We believe this matter is of interest to all landlords and we thought it was worth bringing to your attention the actions which Ms. Damji is taking to block this allocation of public funds.*
*A response from Crisis to the content of this open letter has been published in full in the comments below.*

Dear Mr Shapps,

I write in dismay about the additional funding being given to charities such as Crisis and Shelter next month to “help end homelessness” in the private rented sector (PRS). This is referred hereto on the Crisis PRS website:

The Crisis PRS Access Development Programme funds new community based services that help single homeless people find and sustain good quality accommodation in the private rented sector (PRS). It builds on Crisis’ history and expertise in PRS solutions to homelessness and represents an investment of over £10m of DCLG funding over a three year period. Continue reading Open Letter to Grant Shapps from Farah Damji


Landlord fined £1,000 after HMO licensing mix-up Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles

A landlord who told a court he misunderstood shared house rules was fined £1,000 for failing to licence his property and fit fire safety equipment.

Anton McLoughlin, 47, thought he did not need a house in multiple occupation licence because although six tenants lived there, he had divided the property into three separate flats. Continue reading Landlord fined £1,000 after HMO licensing mix-up


Don’t allow LANDLORDS to be SCAPEGOATS of housing policy failures Buy to Let News, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Investment News

The Landlords VoiceIn a country where we have a housing crisis driven by a complete lack of an innovative and all-encompassing housing policy the PRS landlord is being made a scapegoat for simply seeking to run a profitable business. A business which, it is rarely noted, is doing almost as much to make housing available to low income and vulnerable tenants as any social housing provision.

When did you last read something good in the news about the Private Rented Sector landlord? Continue reading Don’t allow LANDLORDS to be SCAPEGOATS of housing policy failures


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