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Landlord fined £4,800 for housing offences after family discovered living in outbuilding

08 February 2024

Peterborough City Council has successfully prosecuted a landlord for housing offences after a family of nine were discovered living in an outbuilding.

Tariq Khan (61) of Wilberforce Road, Peterborough was convicted at Peterborough Magistrates Court on 31 January 2024, of failing to comply with a prohibition order in relation to outbuildings in Clarence Road, Peterborough and was fined a total of £4,800.

The court heard that Peterborough City Council's housing standards officers had first attended the address in 2016 and had discovered a number of hazards within the property. The building was found to be in a poor condition with inadequate lighting, ventilation and fire safety measures. The officers found the dwelling was also too small to be reasonably occupied by an individual.

The council's Housing Standards Service served an order prohibiting the use of the outbuilding for residential purposes.

In October 2022, officers attended the property and discovered the small building was being rented to a family of nine, including five children.

On 31 January 2024, Khan was convicted at Peterborough Magistrates Court for the offence of failing to comply with a prohibition order under section 32 of the Housing Act 2004. He was fined £2,000, ordered to pay £2,000 costs to the council and ordered to pay a £800 surcharge. The building is currently empty.

Councillor Hiller, Cabinet Member for Housing Growth and Regeneration said: "This prosecution should serve as a warning to the small minority of landlords who put their tenants at risk and flout the law. Landlords play an essential role in providing safe, warm and healthy homes to the residents of Peterborough.

"We will take enforcement action under the range of powers available to us if we discover landlords who flagrantly disregard the law."

If you have any concerns about the safety, suitability and/or management of a rented property in the city, please contact (01733) 747474 or visit https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/residents/housing/private-housing-advice.