Landlord fined for renting unsafe property
A landlord who flouted fire safety rules while renting out an unlicensed home has been fined following an investigation by housing officers.
Vishal Jain charged five people £2,050 every month to live in his property in Gassiot Road, Tooting, despite the house having safety risks.
The home had too few smoke alarms and no protection to the only available escape route.
Mr Jain was also breaking the law by renting out the three storey property to five tenants without a house in multiple occupation licence.
Wandsworth Council housing officers became suspicious last year after examining council tax records and an investigation was launched.
The council subsequently launched a prosecution against Mr Jain, who pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation at Richmond Magistrates’ Court on 24 January.
He given a £500 fine and ordered to pay £500 costs and a £15 surcharge.
Paul Ellis, member for housing at Wandsworth, said: ‘We are committed to making sure that people are not ripped off or put at risk by rogue landlords.
‘The council has a dedicated team of officers who work hard to ensure people are not paying for sub-standard or unsafe accommodation – as was the case here.
‘Any landlord who ducks their responsibilities and breaks housing laws should be prepared to be punished in court.’