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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Third fine for Cardiff landlord

A landlord of a Houses in Multiple Occupation in Cardiff has been successfully prosecuted for the third time in three years following a case bought by Cardiff Council.
Gary Samuel, was find to be breaching the Housing Act 2004 by not meeting the requirements of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Wales) Regulations 2006.
The landlord has already been fined twice for failing to comply with an improvement notice issued back in 2012, first £1,200, then after a further hearing, another £3000 plus £200 costs.
Having been served with a notice in April 2014 under Section 235, Housing Act, requiring him to submit documentation to the Council outlining fire and safety certification, the landlord has continued to ignore the council's request and has been fined a further £200 for the offence, £200 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Councillor Bob Derbyshire, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Regulatory Services added: “This was a particularly serious case where a rogue private landlord thought it acceptable to ignore the legislation that is in place to protect tenants. The council will continue to pursue this minority of landlords in the private sector in order to ensure that people are housed in conditions which do not pose a risk to their health or safety.”

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