Islington landlord must pay £40,000 after breaching multiple property licence conditions

Thursday, August 25th, 2022 - Islington Council

Islington Council has prosecuted a private landlord who repeatedly failed to comply with licensing rules, including refusal to provide a kitchen for one of his tenants.

The case was brought by the Islington Council’s Environmental Health team after an investigation revealed 15 breaches of residential property licensing conditions and a further two breaches of property management regulations.

Islington Council landlord prosecution 2022

Mohammed Shahid, owner of the property on Holloway Road, was sentenced on 22 January 2022 at Highbury Magistrates Court. He then lodged an appeal, but his appeal was dismissed at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 30 June 2022.

Mr Shahid was ordered by the judge to pay a fine of £31,250, costs of £8,657 and a victim surcharge of £190. Further costs associated with the appeal in June were also imposed.

Cllr Una O’Halloran, Executive Member for Homes and Communities, said:

Islington Council is determined to ensure that everyone in our community has a decent, safe and genuinely affordable place to call home.

Landlords who consistently fail to uphold their responsibilities to their tenants, will not be tolerated in Islington. People should feel safe in their own homes, and they should be provided with everything they need to have a good quality of life.

We hope that this prosecution will send a clear message to landlords that if they fail to comply with the rules, we will take legal action.

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