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Monday, April 11, 2016

First Criminal Behaviour Order for landlord

Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court has handed out the county's first Criminal Behaviour Order to a landlord.

The Criminal Behaviour Orders were introduced in 2014, replacing ASBOs.

The landlord, Jaspal Singh Sahota has been issued with a 10 year Criminal Behaviour Order, over his poor management of rental properties in Osier Place and Sherwood Street in the city.

Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court said it was 'satisfied he had caused harassment, alarm and distress to his tenants through the poor standards and management of his rented homes.'

Sahota has been ordered to submit a list of all his premises across the city and his interest in them for rental purposes to Wolverhampton Council and must employ an agent to manage all his rental properties.

His agent must be in place by June 1. If Sahota fails to meet this or any other of the conditions of the Criminal Behaviour Order he could face a five years prison sentence and/or an unlimited fine.

Wolverhampton Council's housing director, Lesley Roberts comments: 

“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."

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