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Tenants lives put at risk by landlord in shared house

A landlord has been fined after putting the lives of his tenants at risk. Nasir Bashir Ali was prosecuted by housing officials for safety breaches linked to a shared house he owns in Hinckley. Officials became aware of the issues following a routine inspection of the licensed premises. Ali admitted 10 offences when he appeared […]

Increase in first-time buyer home lending

Lending to first time buyers is up in the first quarter of 2019, according to figures from UK Finance. In Scotland there were 6,760 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in Scotland, a 4.5% increase from the same quarter last year. Furthermore, there were 6,620 new home mover mortgages, an increase of 6.6%. The figures also […]

Letting agency accused of ‘locking out tenants’

A letting agency has been accused of illegally evicting tenants and taking their belongings. According to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, three tenants, who rented rooms through Flintons, said they arrived home to find locks had been changed and rooms emptied. Some said their possessions had not yet been returned. Others said their belongings were […]

Landlord is handed £6k bill for flouting vital court orders

A landlord who breached health and safety regulations and regularly flouted court summons has been ordered to pay more than £6,700. Following a trial at Colchester Magistrates’ Court, Colin Smith was found guilty of contravening a health and safety notice requiring a “suitable and sufficient” assessment. Victoria Jempson, prosecuting, said, “A Colchester Council health and […]

Man who faked car crashes is jailed

A man who fabricated car crashes in order to claim thousands of pounds from insurance companies has been jailed for 10 months. Leeds Crown Court heard how Motondo, 40, who preached at a Pentecostal church in Leeds, bought policies using personal details of two people in his congregation and then rang insurers posing as them. […]

Landlord fined for renting out unsafe house

A woman has been awarded compensation after her landlord was taken to court.  Andrew Watson, from Chapeltown, was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay victim compensation of £1,000 after he repeatedly ignored legal notices served by Leeds City Council regarding the condition of a house he was renting out in Chapeltown. A council officer likened […]

Landlord hit with huge fine

A landlady has been fined £24,000 after lying to her tenants and the local authorities.  Diana Thompson was prosecuted by Brent Council and prosecuted for failure to licence a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and failure to comply with fire safety regulations. Thompson convinced tenants living in her unlicensed, detached two-storey HMO property that she […]