‘Rogue’ landlord ordered to pay £3,000 for licensing breaches

    A landlord found to be in serious breach of management regulations has been ordered to pay nearly £3,000.

    Abdul Raza Saddiqui, aged 50, of Parkhill Road, Bury was found guilty of 12 breaches to his legal obligations as a landlord.

    On 4 August 2017 council officers, accompanied by officers from Greater Manchester Police and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, visited a property on Seymour Road, Crumpsall, owned by Saddiqui.

    The teams were responding to reports of serious concerns relating to tenant safety at the property and the general condition of the building and its surrounding yard.

    The visiting officers found a catalogue of breaches of management regulations including: no working fire alarm, damaged fire doors, cluttered escape routes, broken heating facilities, damaged kitchen units, and filthy and verminous common areas.

    Saddiqui was fined £1,200 with £2,452 costs and a £30 victim of crime surcharge after a hearing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.

    Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “There’s no place for rogue landlords in Manchester. Landlords have a responsibility to provide their tenants good quality, safe housing and we take the issue of tenant safety extremely seriously.

    “We will continue to pursue enforcement action to defend the rights of tenants and will not hesitate to take legal action against anyone whose property fails to meet the required standards. Our message to landlords is simple – bring your property up to standard, make sure your tenants are safe and get a licence where the law requires one.”

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