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Landlord court ruling the first of its kind

15th Apr 2016

A landmark court case heard in the Midlands is believed to be the first to issue a Criminal Behaviour Order on a landlord. The order includes a provision which insists that the landlord must instruct a managing agent to handle his portfolio of properties to let.

The court order, which was placed on Jaspal Singh Sahota of Blackpool, is the first of its kind, and will last for a decade.

The ruling was made by Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court after they were told how Sahota was causing harassment, alarm and distress to his tenants as a result of the poor standards and management of his two of his privately let properties in the city.

Although the case was built around two specific properties owned by Sahota, the courts also took into consideration how the landlord managed the other Wolverhampton properties he owned.

The order means that Sahota must instate a third party agent to manage his properties on his behalf, and he must also submit a list of all his properties and his interest in them for rental purposes to the council.

If Sahota does not comply with the order placed on him, which includes him having a suitable managing agent in place by the 1st of June, he will be in breach of the order and could be imprisoned for up to five years and/or face an unlimited fine.