Mon, 21 Jun 21
A landlord who fly-tipped the contents of a flat so another tenant could move in has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds by magistrates
Navdeep Sira, from Slough, hired a van and an employee to help with the flat clearance.
Whilst he took some of the rubbish to a waste and recycling centre and paid to dispose of some of it, he took the rest to a communal bin area and fly-tipped dozens of full black bin bags.
A resident discovered the multiple bags and it was reported to the council’s neighbourhood and enforcement team.
Nearby CCTV caught the van Sira had hired and the man he employed for the day unloading the bags and leaving them next to the bins intended for resident use. The van hire was then traced back to Sira.
The landlord admitted two offences - committed back in May 2019 - under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 that he knowingly allowed the deposit of controlled waste on land that did not have a permit, and being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst controlled waste was deposited from it.
Justices of the Peace sitting at Reading Magistrates’ Court this month were told that Sira is part owner of Letee Ltd which lets out properties and clears up after a tenant leaves to make it ready for the new tenant.
He was requested to clear out the property by the co-owner and rented a van in his name with his own credit card which is registered to his home address.
Sira had also employed a man on a cash-in-hand basis to help with the job. After clearing the property and paying £27 for some to be legally disposed of, there was still half the rubbish left. He then drove to a communal bin area and the rest was dumped.
The court was told although he did not get out of the vehicle or move any of the bags, he took full responsibility for instructing his employee. It was added he had learnt a valuable lesson and the situation would never happen again.
Magistrates fined Sira £3,500 and ordered him to pay the council’s full costs of £1,903.80 and a victim surcharge of £170.
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