Six landlords barred from register after being found unfit to rent property

Six landlords barred from register after being found unfit to rent property

SIX Govanhill landlords have been barred from the register of landlords after being found unfit to rent out property.

They all now face criminal prosecution and fines of up to £50,000 if they ignore the decision of city council licensing bosses and continue to let their properties.

Five of the landlords own property in the Govanhill enhanced enforcement area which allows council officers to impose higher standards of regulation on all landlords operating in the area.

In all five cases, they failed to provide a range of certificates including an enhanced criminal record check, buildings insurance, energy performance, gas safety and confirmation tenants received tenant information packs.

There were also concerns about the condition of the properties following inspections carried out by council staff.

The sixth landlord was barred from the register following a conviction for assault with intent to rape and for letting properties which failed to meet the tolerable standard expected for rented homes.

City council leader Frank McAveety said the decision of the licensing committee was a significant contribution to the wider effort to bring lasting change to Govanhill.

He added: “Members of the private landlord registration team deserve great credit for bringing these cases forward.

“There have been too many landlords in Govanhill who have refused to take their responsibility seriously and have brought the area down.

“Thanks to the powers the council secured through the formation of the enhanced enforcement area, we are making serious inroads against those landlords who have undermined the Govanhill community.

“Let’s be clear. The enhanced enforcement area allows the council to demand high standards of those who rent our property within the four blocks.

“Where landlords fail to meet the high standards of the enforcement area they will be brought to book.

Read more at http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14936389.Six_Govanhill_landlords_barred_from_register_after_being_found_unfit_to_rent_out_property/

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