Sheffield rogue landlord jailed for fraud

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A rogue landlord who enjoyed expensive holidays and sent his son to private school while falsely claiming benefits and forcing tenants to live in squalor has been jailed.

Nilendu Das, 45, took a regular income from his family property business while receiving over £17,000 in council tax benefit and Jobseeker’s Allowance in two years.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Das used cash from Das Properties, owned by his parents in India, to jet to Dubai and drive a swish car.

Meanwhile tenants at the houses he owned in Sheffield - in areas including Hunter’s Bar, Sharrow and Crookes - had to endure mouldy walls, broken doors and lack of insulation.

Robert Sandford, prosecuting, said: “On an application for a credit card he said he earned £42,000 a year as a professional landlord.

“Accounts show private school payments for his son.”

Das, of Carter Knowle Avenue, Carter Knowle, admitted two counts of fraud.

Dermot Hughes, defending, claimed Das had ‘got lost in a fog of figures’. “This is a man who operates with an IQ of one, only just above the base line,” he said.

Das was sentenced to 26 weeks in jail for fraud.

Judge Robert Moore said: “For two years you had a comfortable life with your parents’ money and got an extra £17,731 in public money. This was greed, not need.”

The father-of-two is also awaiting further sentence at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, for four failures to comply with improvement notices, and harassing a former tenant on Neill Road in Hunter’s Bar.

He admitted the charges in August.

At the time he was serving a suspended prison sentence for changing the locks at the flat of another tenant, on Cemetery Road in Sharrow, who had complained his home was unsafe.