Landlord fined £7000 for housing offences


A landlord has been fined a total of £7,298 for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Oxford that was home to three people with disabilities.

William Stephen Rielly was prosecuted after environmental health officers from Oxford City Council investigated a house that he owned at Nowell Road in September 2016.

They discovered three unrelated tenants all of whom were people with disabilities and living in a high-risk unlicensed HMO.

Furthermore, the house had no smoke alarms or kitchen fire door and there were seven other defects identified.

Oxford City Council made a claim to the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property) to recover housing benefit money Mr Rielly had received while managing the HMO on behalf of the tenants.

On 11 September 2017 Rielly was ordered by that tribunal to pay back £5,798 of housing benefit to the council.

Rielly previously pleaded guilty to managing an unlicensed HMO and failing in his duty to comply with two fire safety measures in April 2017. He received fines totalling £1,500 and was ordered to pay council costs of £1,000.

Landlord pleads guilty to harassing tenants


A landlord from Sheffield will be sentenced for harassing his tenants. Mark Cashin, 48, was taken to court by Sheffield City Council.

Cashin pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the harassment of his tenants during a short hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

The first incident took place between Janaury 16, 2016 and February 3, 2016 and the second between September 30, 2016 and January 24, 2017.

Cashin will be sentenced for both offences on October 3.

Cashin was previously ordered to pay a combination of fines and costs of £29,200 after being found guilty of 56 housing offences at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court in November 2016.

Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve secured a guilty conviction against this landlord who we have previously prosecuted for his bad management of private housing.

“Everyone has the right to live in safe, well-managed homes without the threat of illegal evictions. If you’re having problems please get in touch – our private housing team help tenants and landlords, and we take offences very seriously.”