Landlord prosecuted for defective property

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The landlord of a Rotherham property which was damp and mouldy, had holes in the walls, broken flooring, unplastered walls and broken windows has been fined £3,000.

Mohammed Tariq Iqbal, aged 36, of Owen Close, Eastwood, was prosecuted after Rotherham Council found hazardous living conditions at the property which he was renting out to a family.

Rotherham Magistrates’ Court heard the family living at the house, on Selbourne Street, Eastwood, had to be careful not to injure themselves.

Iqbal was issued with an improvement notice and given two months to repair the defects.

But he took no action and was prosecuted under the Housing Act.

Iqbal also failed to respond to a legal notice, asking him for details of the property’s owner and manager.

He pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay the fine, a £120 victim surcharge and £260 costs.

Dave Richmond, director of Housing and Neighbourhood Services at Rotherham Council, said: “If landlords fail to sort problems will not hesitate to prosecute.”