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Banned landlord fined nearly £8,000 for over-crowded, unlicensed HMO

In mitigation Sanaur Rahman has claimed local letting agents refused to manage the property on his behalf and that he is in poor health.

Nigel Lewis


A landlord in Nottingham who brazenly ignored the local council after it judged that he was not a ‘fit and proper’ person to run an HMO has been fined nearly £8,000.

Last year 48-year-old Sanaur Rahman was refused a licence for his house on Wilford Grove (pictured, above) in The Meadow area of the city because there were seven tenants living at the address.

Rahman did not contest the decision nor the £1,413 fine he received at the time for the property being over-crowded, Nottinghamshire Live has reported.

“The reason for the decision was that the defendant was not a fit and proper person and had not a sufficient level of competence to manage the premises,” said prosecuting barrister Constance Green.

Landlord missing license

Instead when the property was inspected this year nine people were found living at the address despite Rahman not having a licence to rent it out.

During the court hearing this week it was revealed the property had at one point generated an income of £20,034.

In mitigation, Rahman’s counsel argued that the property’s management had been forced on him by his family, that several letting agents had refused to take on the property because it was ‘tainted’ and that Rahman, who did not attend court, was in poor health.

He has also recently spent £16,000 on plastering and refitting fire doors and architraves, and that the property was in order when the nine tenants were discovered.

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September 12, 2019

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