Letting Agent Fined over Crowded and Unsanitary Conditions of HMO

03 August 2012 Categories: News

Letting Agent Fined over Crowded and Unsanitary Conditions of HMO

Jarvis Properties, a letting agency based in Reading, has been fined a total of £20,000 for failing to maintain one of the HMO‘s on their books. The property, also located in Reading, was granted a HMO licence in 2009 for a maximum of 7 occupants however following complaints about the unsanitary conditions from one of the tenants, investigations began and a total of 11 individuals were found to be residing in the property.

The council officials that visited the property, owned by Abdul Sheikh, also found fire safety infringements including a faulty fire alarm system, missing fire signs and broken emergency lighting. There were also cases of exposed wires around the property and a severely blocked toilet and shower on the top floor that was leaking foul water into the communal hallway below.

The letting agency was charged with failing to maintain the HMO according to the health and safety conditions of the licence, while landlord Abdul Sheikh was charged with failing to provide requested information and was ordered to pay £715 in fines.

At the hearing District Judge Lynne Matthews said she was shocked at the seriousness of the offences but more so that the defendant, Jarvis Properties, had failed to do anything about the complaints of unsanitary conditions for some time.

Hitting back though, a spokesperson from Jarvis Properties accused Reading council of “being more interested in court fines than co-operating to get works done in adequate timeframes”.