A Sheffield landlord who falsely claimed one of his properties was exempt from a selective licensing scheme must now pay out more than £4,000.
Repeat offender Sajid Bashir, of Page Hall Road, appeared before Sheffield Magistrates Court on August 25. The court heard that Bashir had attempted to avoid paying the licence fee by saying tenants of his property on Page Hall Road were close family members.
The court found that there was no qualifying exemption and found Mr Bashir guilty. He was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £3,059 and a victim surcharge of £120 totalling £4,379.
The prosecution, by Sheffield City Council, came 12 months after he was fined in August 2015 for failing to licence six properties.
Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “This man has continuously failed to meet his responsibilities and comply with the law. This has been recognised once again in the courts.
“Other landlords in the area are working positively with us. Yet for more than two years Mr Bashir has been spending his time arguing with us about what he should be doing, instead of putting his time and energy into fulfilling his landlord obligations.”
Selective licensing was introduced by Sheffield City Council in Page Hall in a bid to improve the quality of privately rented housing in the area. Click here for more information about the scheme.