Landlord fined for property breaches in Banbury

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A Banbury landlord has been fined more than £1,400 after admitting five offences relating to the management of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

Vas Tari of North Bar Street, Banbury pleaded guilty at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on December 15 to the offences after a Cherwell District Council environmental health officer inspected the North Bar Street property in June.

They identified blocked fire escapes, unsafe electrics and dirty communal areas with all of them considered to be breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006.

Mr Tari, the manager of the HMO, was made aware of the issues but when the council officer returned to the premises on July 1, the breaches were still occurring.

The council then proceeded to prosecute the landlord for failing to comply with his duties.

Magistrates fined Mr Tari £200 per offence as well as a contribution to the prosecution costs of £250, a £20 victim surcharge and a £150 criminal courts charge. The total resulted in an overall fine of £1420.

Councillor John Donaldson, Cherwell District Council’s lead member for housing, said: “We have a good relationship with the majority of landlords and we successfully work with them to make sure they comply with the relevant regulations. But when a landlord is clearly not complying we will take the necessary action. This landlord disregarded our advice and warnings and, aside from the fines that the court imposed, now also has a criminal conviction as a result.”