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Poole landlord banned from letting properties for five years

13 July 2020

A POOLE landlord is the second landlord in England to have received a banning order preventing him from letting or managing housing in the UK for five years.

Mahmut Gilgil of 51 Blandford Road in Poole has received the ban that became effective from 3 June 2020 after he was convicted of offences relating to the condition of a house in multiple occupancy in Poole. 

Gilgil was convicted in May last year of 12 offences of failing to comply with the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 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.

Breaches included issues relating to the fire regulations, the maintenance of common areas and wider property defects affecting the safety and welfare of the tenants. Due to the severity of the offences, the decision was taken to file for a banning order such that Gilgil may not further manage or let properties.

Commenting on the case, Councillor Kieron Wilson (portfolio holder for housing at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council), said: “The safety of tenants who privately rent should always be paramount and they’re entitled to live in accommodation that’s well managed, safe and habitable. Landlords have a duty to manage their properties well and in accordance with the necessary regulations.”

Councillor Wilson added: “The scale of the offences committed by this landlord meant that this action was considered absolutely necessary and proportionate and I very much hope it sends out a clear message that rogue landlords who are putting residents’ Health and Safety at risk by poorly managing their properties will be dealt with in the strictest terms possible.”