Thursday, 12 January 2012

Action to ensure decent homes for private renters in #rdg

Council press release:


A landlord is to pay £2,125 in fines and £1,815 costs to Reading Borough Council after admitting he failed to keep a property in East Reading in a fit state for tenants.

Mohammed Mir, 41, of Cumberland Road, Reading, pleaded guilty to 16 offences relating to a house he owns in Eastern Avenue, which he rented out to nine tenants.

Mr Mir appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court to face charges under Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006, on January 4th, 2012.

Officers from Reading Borough Council's environmental health team went out to visit the property following a complaint from one of the tenants and found the house in a poor state of repair and the garden full of rubbish.

The prosecution follows a similar case in Bracknell, where Mr Mir was recently found guilty of eight similar offences relating to another property he owns in Bracknell Forest.

The property in East Reading is currently vacant and Mr Mir has been told by the Council that works need to be carried out before it can be re-occupied.

Rachel Eden, lead councillor for housing and neighbourhoods, said: 'Everyone deserves a decent home. The Council works very well with local landlords and good landlords have an important role to play in working together to deliver decent homes for Reading's residents. However, the Council will continue to act against the minority of landlords who do not take their responsibilities seriously and to take enforcement action where we need to in order to ensure that residents live in accommodation that is fit to live in."