Kam ZohrehieDangerous Letting Agent / Rogue Landlord
This Rogue Landlord and Letting Agent put tenants lives at risk by breaching fire protection and electrical safety requirements.
(Orginally published at https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-property-management-agent-fined-13187508).
A property management agent has been ordered to pay £5,194 after breaching a number of housing safety regulations.
Tenants were put at risk after a number of fire protection and electrical safety regulations were breached.
Kam Zohrehie, 51, of Windermere Road, Whitley, who was operating as Place Finders, appeared in court after being charged with 14 offences relating to a house of multiple occupation (HMO) in East Reading.
Reading Borough Council’s private sector housing team visited the house in Wokingham Road after a complaint from a tenant.
Officers found a number of breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations of 2006 during their visits between Wednesday, August 24 to Friday, October 28, 2016.
Zohrehie, who was managing the house, admitted 14 offences when he appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Friday, May 26 including:
– Not maintaining one of the fire detectors in the property on two occasions
– Failing to maintain a fire extinguisher and fire blanket
– Defective fire door opening to the escape route
– Damaged double plug socket outlet in the kitchen
– Disrepair to the electrical consumer unit
He was fined £2,800, and has been ordered to pay costs of £2,394.
Mr Zohrehie also admitted an offence under the Companies Act 2006 for failing to state the proprietor’s name on an invoice issued by Place Finders.
Councillor John Ennis, lead member for housing, said: “People should be safe in whatever accommodation they live in and it is unacceptable for owners of HMOs to put tenants at risk by flouting fire protection and electrical safety measures.
“This case demonstrates that the council is here to protect private renters and that complaints against landlords will be investigated and will result in action when appropriate.”