first_imgHome » News » Landlord and managing agent fined £22,000 for unlicensed HMO previous nextRegulation & LawLandlord and managing agent fined £22,000 for unlicensed HMOKuppusami Selvarajan and his agent S3A Management Limited must pay sum which includes fines and costs and will also have to return rent to eight tenants.Nigel Lewis12th October 201801,811 Views The landlord and managing agent of a property in North London have been fined nearly £22,000 between them for operating it as an unlicensed HMO at which inspectors found tenants living in Dickensian conditions.Both Kuppusami Selvarajan and his agent S3A Management Limited pleaded guilty to charges of operating an unlicensed HMO in Tufnell Park (pictured, above) after local Environmental Health Officers found eight unrelated people living at the property last year.Tipped off by one of the tenants, they found multiple broken items including a bedroom window without glass, no working fire detection system or fire blanket in the kitchen and a dangerously cracked plug socket in the lounge.HMO prosecutionFollowing a prosecution by the London Borough of Islington, Mr Selvarajan was fined £8,500 and S3A Management £7,650. These fines, along with the council’s legal costs of £5,773 mean they must now pay a total of £21,923.At the hearing, District Court Judge Rimmer said: “Regarding the lack of HMO licence, the landlord enjoyed ongoing receipt of likely inflated rent, all the while making no checks as to whether a property which they have clearly anticipated may be let as an HMO”.As well as the fines, the tenants are now able to reclaim the rent they paid to live at the address via Rent Repayment Orders.“Everyone has the right to safe, genuinely affordable housing and Islington will not tolerate dodgy operators taking advantage of people’s desperate need for a home,” says Islington Councillor Diarmaid Ward, Executive Member for Housing and Development (above).housing market landlords buy-to-let October 12, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgBlack Stars head coach, C.K. Akonnor, insists that Asamoah Gyan is part of his plans and ideas for the national team going forward.Gyan has not played for the Black Stars since the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt and following his exclusion from the 23-man team named to face Sudan this month, there has been speculation that the North East United striker has quit the national team.However, Akonnor says he has not had any indication of Gyan’s retirement and the player is still with the national team.“The last time I checked, Asamoah Gyan had not retired from the national team. He remains the general captain of the team.I had a chat with him at the Accra Sports Stadium when Kotoko took on Bechem United (in the Ghana Premier League) and he never told me that he had retired or that he did not want to no longer play for the team.So, I consider to be part of the team.”It is likely Gyan could get back into the team especially as Akonnor stated that the players who had missed the Sudan ties were not totally out of his future plans.What does Gyan make of Akonnor?The player has been complimentary of his newest coach in the Black Stars. In an exclusive interview with Pulse.com.gh, Gyan stated how highly he rated Akonnor and he was of the opinion that he would a lot of support from all the stakeholders if the Black Stars will be hugely successful under the former Wolfsburg captain.“CK [Akonnor] is a good coach. Although he coached the local teams here, I didn’t see him that much until the Black Stars played a friendly game against Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.I saw his tactics, I saw how he arranged players, I saw his IQ, I saw something in him. After the game, I went to him and I told him he can be a very good coach. And lo and behold he is a coach of the national team.I’m not saying he is the best coach but he is a good coach and I think if we give him the confidence and we give him what he wants, definitely I’m sure he is going to do well.”last_img read more