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Rogue landlord banned for five years over ‘shocking’ safety concerns

  • 11/01/2022
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Rogue landlord banned for five years over ‘shocking’ safety concerns
A landlord who rented out a property that endangered up to 18 residents ‒ including six children ‒ has been banned from letting or managing properties for five years.

Adam Habane, of Dove Street, Bristol, has also been added to the government’s ‘rogue landlord’ database.

A case was brought against him by the Private Housing Team at Bristol City Council over the “poor management” of seven flats at 24 Lower Ashley Road in St Agnes. The council pointed out that Habane had a long history of substandard property management, and found that the property had been poorly converted into a house in multiple occupation (HMO), with 18 people living there.

An investigation found that the property was in poor state, with the absence of any operating fire systems a particular concern. In response the council provided battery operated smoke detectors to the property that day in order to protect the tenants.

The council later issued prohibition orders on the flats in the main building of the property, making it illegal for anyone to live there, as a result of the unsafe living conditions.

Habane has now been banned from letting houses or carrying out letting agency or property management work in England, as well as being banned from acting as an officer for any business that works in this sector.

Habane has refused to cooperate with the investigation, including refusing to confirm whether he is involved in the letting or management of other rental properties.

Councillor Tom Renhard, cabinet member for housing delivery and homes on Bristol Council, emphasised that the council would use all of the powers available to it to tackle rogue landlords and agents, to prevent “these criminals” from operating.

He continued: “This was a particularly shocking case, where the landlord showed a blatant disregard for the safety of his tenants. That is why we took the decision to apply for a banning order following the successful conviction earlier this year.”

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