A landlord has been issued with a 10-year Criminal Behaviour Order, after a court found he had been causing harassment, alarm and distress to his tenants through the poor standards and management of his privately rented properties.
In a landmark case, the first of its kind in the country, Jaspal Singh Sahota of Blackpool became the first landlord to be issued with such an order, over the state of his properties in Wolverhampton.
The case was built around Mr Sahota’s homes in Osier Place and Sherwood Street – but also considered his management of his other properties in the city.
The order requires him to bring in a third party agent to manage the properties on his behalf and he must submit to the council a list of all his properties and his interest in them for rental purposes.
If Mr Sahota does not comply with the order, including having a suitable managing agent in place by 1 June, 2016, he will be in breach of the order, and could be imprisoned for up to five years and/or face an unlimited fine.
City of Wolverhampton Council brought the case forward with the ruling made by Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court.
Lesley Roberts, City of Wolverhampton Council Strategic Director for Housing, said: “This is an excellent result and shows that we are determined to use whatever legislation we can in order to protect our residents from rogue landlords.
“We are incredibly proud of the work our housing officers do to ensure housing standards are maintained across the board.
“As a council we have a wide package of housing measures in place aimed at improving standards across Wolverhampton and this case illustrates them being put into action.”