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27/7/18 Changes to letting agents and property managers Redress Scheme. From 1 October 2014 it has been a requirement for letting agents and property managers of rented properties to be a member of one of the 3 approved Redress Schemes. From 6 August 2018 Ombudsman Services (OS:P) are withdrawing from the scheme. Existing OS:P members will need to join either The Property Ombudsman (www.tpos.co.uk) or The Property Redress Scheme (www.theprs.co.uk). Please note it is a requirement to be a member of one of the schemes if you are a letting agent or property manager and there could be a financial penalty of up to £5,000 imposed if you fail to join.
5/7/18 Dangerous property leaves Derby landlord with a massive fine. A Derby landlord has been fined almost £10,000 for renting a potentially lethal property in Normanton. Mr Rajinder Kumar Narroya was prosecuted by the council's Housing Standards Team after he failed to comply with enforcement Notices.
The case was heard at South Derbyshire Magistrate's Court on Thursday 5th July 2018 where Mr Narroya was fined £6,000 for six offences under the Housing Act 2004, was ordered to pay costs of £3569 and a victim surcharge of £135. For more details go to Housing Standards Prosecution 5 July 2018
31/5/18 Rogue landlords fined over £20,000 for renting out a dangerous property in Derby. Brothers Jermaine Davies and Jody Doyle have been prosecuted by Derby City Council's Housing Standards Team and fined a total of £21,710 after failing to carry out improvements at a property on Caxton Street, Derby. The case was heard at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on 31 May 2018. Environmental Health Officers found significant hazards at the property, including a faulty boiler, no heating to parts of the house and electrical hazards. To read more details of the case go to Housing Standards Prosecution 31 May 2018
18/1/18 Derby landlord receives record fine of over £34,000 for unsafe housing conditions. Mr Yash Pal Manan, who owns 40 properties and manages a further 250 properties in Derby was prosecuted on 18 January 2018 by Derby City Councils Housing Standards Team and fined a total of £34,442. The team issued Improvement Notices in relation to four rented flats on Abbey Street, Derby after numerous serous defects were found. Mr Manan failed to comply with notices and the case was heard at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court. Details of the case can be found here Housing Standards Prosecution 18 January 2018