News: Unscrupulous landlord becomes second in England to be banned from the PRS

Wed, 17 Jun 20

A man deemed not to be a fit and proper person to hold a licence for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) has become the second in England to be banned from being a landlord.

A tribunal heard that Mahmut Gilgil from Poole breached fire regulations, maintenance of common areas and wider property defects affecting the safety and welfare of the tenants. 

Gilgil of 51 Blandford Road, Poole, has received a five-year ban that became effective from 3 June 2020 after he was convicted of offences relating to the condition of a house in multiple (HMO) occupancy in Poole. 

Gilgil was convicted in May 2019 of 12 offences of failing to comply with management of HMO and was fined £250 for each offence, £3,000 in total and ordered to pay costs of £3,425 and £30 surcharge to fund victim services.

Due to the severity of the offences Borough of Poole Council took the decision to file for a banning order so that Gilgil may not further manage or let properties.

Cllr Kieron Wilson, portfolio holder for housing, commented: “The safety of tenants who privately rent should always be paramount and they are entitled to live in accommodation that is well managed, safe and habitable. Landlords have a duty to manage their properties well and in accordance with the necessary regulations. 

“The scale of the offences committed by this landlord meant that this action was considered absolutely necessary and proportionate and I hope it sends out a clear message that rogue landlords who are putting residents’ health and safety at risk and poorly managing their properties will be dealt with.”

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