Sheffield landlord fined for renting out hazardous flat

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A Sheffield landlord is paying the price of failing to provide basic housing standards for a tenant.

Mohammed Altaf Hussain, aged 74, of Devonshire Road, Dore, was left with a fine and costs totalling £3,000 after he was prosecuted by Sheffield City Council.

Sheffield magistrates heard how six safety hazards were identified in a flat he rented out on Pitsmoor Road, Pitsmoor, including a collapsed floor, dangerous electrics and serious fire risks.

Hussain, who owns five rental properties across Sheffield, was found guilty.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, said: “It is not acceptable that such a small flat should have had so many defects.

“We are doing what we said we would do. We are cracking down on landlords who refuse to accept their responsibilities.

“If you want to be a landlord in Sheffield – you must comply and co-operate. It’s as simple as that.

“We are fortunate that the majority of Sheffield’s landlords are responsible and professional. These bad landlords tarnish the whole sector.”