Banned! Rogue landlord stopped after string of offences

18 June 2020 | Renting

Banned! Rogue landlord stopped after string of offences

A westcountry landlord is only the second in England to have received a banning order preventing him from letting or managing housing anywhere in the UK for five years.

Mahmut Gilgil from Poole in Dorset has received the ban after being convicted of offences relating to the condition of a house in multiple occupancy in Poole. 

Gilgil was convicted in May 2019 of 12 offences of failing to comply with Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and was fined £250 for each offence – that’s £3,000 in total and ordered to pay costs of £3,425 and £30 surcharge to fund victim services.

Breaches include fire regulations, maintenance of common areas and wider property defects affecting the safety and welfare of the tenants. 

Due to the severity of the offences the decision was taken to file for a banning order so that Gilgil may not further manage or let properties.

A Poole council spokesman says: “The safety of tenants who privately rent should always be paramount and they are entitled to live in accommodation that is well managed, safe and habitable. Landlords have a duty to manage their properties well and in accordance with the necessary regulations. 

“The scale of the offences committed by this landlord meant that this action was considered absolutely necessary and proportionate and I hope it sends out a clear message that rogue landlords who are putting residents’ health and safety at risk and poorly managing their properties will be dealt with.”

This post has originally been featured in Letting Agent Today.