Landlords prosecuted by Sheffield Council

Coun Harry Harpham cabinet member for homes and regeneration
Coun Harry Harpham cabinet member for homes and regeneration
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A private landlord and a letting agency have been prosecuted after they allowed at least ten people to share a house in Sheffield.

Action was taken by Sheffield Council after it emerged several people were sharing the house on Granville Road, Norfolk Park.

Council safety inspectors found missing or badly fitted fire doors, a blocked fire escape, inadequate kitchen and bathroom facilities and overcrowding.

Ghulam Ljaz, of Chippinghouse Road, Nether Edge, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,073 costs while UK Legal Estates Ltd, of Wolseley Road, Heeley, were fined £2,000 by Sheffield Magistrates.

The council also prosecuted Shamim Ali, of Witney Street, Highfield, for harassing tenants into leaving their rented house.

The tenants complained to the council after Ali used threatening and abusive language towards them and forcibly entered their home throwing their belongings outside and frightening their young daughter.

Sheffield magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge and told her to pay £993 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Coun Harry Harpham cabinet member for housing said: “We want to send a clear message that if you are a private landlord or agent in our city, you must take your responsibilities seriously.”