Edinburgh Landlord thought to be First in Scotland to Fail HMO Fitness Test

19 July 2012 Categories: News

Edinburgh Landlord thought to be First in Scotland to Fail HMO Fitness Test

Earlier this month a landlord from Edinburgh was the first in the city to be denied an HMO licence on the grounds that he failed the test showing him to be ‘fit and proper’ to manage a HMO. This is the first report case in Edinburgh and is thought to be the first in Scotland as well.

All landlords wishing to let a House of Multiple Occupancy are asked to disclose information about their past before a licence is granted, however it is thought that landlord Yousef Mohammed failed to disclose details of criminal convictions and more importantly the fact that he had previously breached HMO rules regarding licencing in the city of Edinburgh.

Mr Mohammed’s ‘incomplete’ application was assessed by a regulatory committee of Edinburgh councillors before being turned down with the conclusion that the landlord is unfit to manage a HMO. Furthermore Mr Mohammed’s name was struck off the landlord register making it a criminal offence for him to let any property within the city.

Chairman of the regulatory committee, Councillor Gavin Barrie, commented “Edinburgh is open for all landlords who manage their properties and ensure that they are in good condition and that tenants can be safe and secure.

“However, for those who don’t, the Council will take firm action. I would encourage everyone seeking to rent privately to check the landlord register to ensure that their prospective landlord is registered.”