09 Oct 23

A rogue landlord and his company have been found guilty of failing to licence an HMO and breaches of management regulations.

Broadland council officers proved Jubayer Rimon and his company Ambreen Properties were operating an HMO without the required licence, with up to 17 people residing in the four bedroom terraced property in Diss.

The council says this put “the occupants’ health, safety and wellbeing at risk.”

A council spokesperson says: “This is a fantastic result. The Council will not tolerate sub-standard accommodation which puts the lives of residents at risk. HMOs when run responsibly offer much needed low-cost and safe accommodation for residents. 

“However, this property was not built for multiple occupation and there were clear safety issues including overcrowding, fire risks and use of limited facilities. The safety of our residents is paramount, and we will not hesitate to take enforcement action when required.”

The council was first alerted about the case in July 2022, and over the following four months undertook an in-depth investigation involving the Norfolk Police and other council and government agencies.

Several visits to the property were made and the landlord’s company was interviewed under caution. However, despite legal notices and other interventions, the problem continued, with spot checks revealing overcrowding.

In December, the council and Norfolk Police visited unannounced and discovered 17 people were staying at the property. Some were sleeping on mattresses on the floor. Two of the occupiers requested to be removed due to the fear of being exploited and were taken into the care of Norfolk Police.

In January 2023, four civil penalties were served upon both the company and the company owner. 

However, the civil penalty notices were subsequently challenged and a lengthy legal process was then undertaken resulting in all four offences being secured in the Council’s favour and a total fine of £30,000.

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