The weakness of landlord regulation in the UK has been laid bare after a notorious individual jailed over the deaths of two tenants and who is also banned from renting out homes was this week revealed to be operating within the private rental market.
This extraordinary situation was revealed in court after one of his tenants reported him to Glasgow City Council.
The landlord was Harpal ‘Harry’ Singh who last year approached tenant Liam Fair to ask him why he had fallen behind in his rent payments and then threatened to have him evicted. He also promised to ‘kick out’ two other tenants at another property and cut off their gas supply.
Fair recognised Singh, who in 2017 had been served with a rent suspension order by the council.
Also, Singh was at the centre of a national outcry in 1999 when a fire ripped through a flat he had been renting out to James Fraser and Daniel Heron.
Both men died during the blaze and it was later discovered that the property did not have a working fire alarm and bars on their windows prevented them escaping.
Singh was jailed after lying at a fatal accident enquiry that the smoke alarms at the property worked.
Despite his track record Singh has been ordered to pay a fine of £270 after his legal representative claimed he was unemployed and had only £5,000 left to his name.