30 Apr 24

A landlord from South Gloucestershire that has repeatedly flouted housing rules has been ordered to pay more than £80,000 in fines. Earlier this month Giuseppe xxx, also known as Joe xxx, was fined a further £36,000 after being found guilty of housing offences relating to two properties in Patchway.

xxx appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on Monday, April 15, for a second prosecution which was pursued by South Gloucestershire Council’s Private Sector Housing Team (PSHT). He was also ordered to pay over £44,000 for serious housing offences in June 2023, and following his latest conviction, his total fines are now more than £80,000.

xxx pleaded guilty to offences including operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) and of breaching an Emergency Prohibition Order (EPO). This is in stark contrast to the first time he was prosecuted when at his hearing in June 2023, he refused to identify himself, stating that he was “a man” and that Mr Joe xxx was “lost at sea”.

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