Sheffield student landlord fined over unsafe properties

One of the affected properties on Sheldon Road in Nether Edge
One of the affected properties on Sheldon Road in Nether Edge
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A Sheffield landlord has ordered to pay £7,300 over safety breaches at properties he rents out.

Landlord John Mark Cashin, aged 46, of Over Lane in Baslow, was fined and ordered to pay costs at Sheffield Magistrates Court after being prosecuted by Sheffield Council for multiple offences relating to four houses in south-west Sheffield.

One of the properties on Sheldon Road in Nether Edge had a rotten rear door, a leaking waste pipe and a broken glass pane above its door.

Cashin pleaded guilty to charges relating to safety breaches and for failure to licence two of the homes as a house of multiple occupation.

The court heard how Cashin promotes himself as a professional property manager and encourages property owners to use his services.

The council prosecutor stated that Mr Cashin is believed to manage 28 properties, yet he claimed in court that he was unaware of the legal requirements for private rented housing.

The court heard about significant safety hazards in the properties including severe damp, leaking bathroom waste and missing smoke alarms which put his young tenants in danger.

The magistrates said he had committed serious offences.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “The Government has told councils to get tough on private landlords that are not complying with the rules and are exploiting their tenants.

“Sheffield has proved yet again that we’re at the forefront of clamping down on rogue landlords and improving the living conditions for thousands of people across the city. We’ve already been praised for this – and we’re going to carry on.

“I know what it’s like to have a bad landlord. Please tell us if your landlord isn’t treating you or your home properly. We can only act if we know about it. We can and will take action.

“We are fortunate that the majority of Sheffield’s landlords are responsible and professional. These bad landlords tarnish the whole sector. It’s no surprise that the good landlords are behind us on this.”