Rogue landlord handed five-year ban for safety breaches

A landlord that rented out a property to 18 residents – including six children – has been banned for letting or managing a home for five years.

The home was poorly converted into an HMO, as it was lacking operational fire alarm systems.

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

The council said: “The property was discovered to be in very poor repair and poorly managed, with particular concerns for the safety of the occupants due to the absence of operating fire alarm systems.

“The concern was so great that, as a precautionary measure, the council provided battery operated smoke detectors to the property that day, to protect the tenants while decisions were made of the future of the property.

“Other safety issues remained, and the council later made prohibition orders on the flats in the main building of the property to make it illegal for anyone to live there, due to the very poor and unsafe living conditions.”

Habane was found guilty of poorly managing the seven flats in March 2021, with the council applying for a banning order.

After refusing to cooperate with the investigation he’s been handed a five-year ban from letting houses or carrying out property management services.

Tom Renhard, Bristol’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Rogue landlords and agents have no place in Bristol and the council will use all its powers available to stop these criminals from operating in Bristol and the rest of the country.

“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.

“I would like to thank all the officers in private housing and legal services for their hard work to bring this absentee landlord to account.”

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