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Loan shark prosecuted

27th February 2015

A loan shark has been prosecuted on two charges of illegal money lending. Nondon Roy, 25, from Prestatyn was sentenced yesterday via video link to four months' imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 in costs. Roy, the owner of a food takeaway, was lending in the Rhyl area to members of the Pakistani and Bangladeshi community. He previously appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court in January to plead guilty to two charges against him. Th...

Liverpool to challenge Pickles over Ringo's house squabble

27th February 2015

Liverpool City Council is to appeal a decision by Eric Pickles to turn down a proposed regeneration of the Welsh Streets area. In January, the secretary of state overturned a recommendation from an independent planning inspector that the scheme be given the green light. Under the plans, which are backed by 70% the local community, 271 damp and run down homes were to have been demolished and replaced by 154 new houses, while another 37 terraced properties, including the former home of Beatle Ringo ...

'Smut Inn' owner let tenant workers live in squalor

24th February 2015

An Oldham landlord who allowed a group of men to live in squalid conditions in a former pub he owned called 'The Smut Inn' has been prosecuted.  Environmental health officers were alerted by police last year that the men were staying on the ground floor of the property on Manchester Road, Werneth.  Officers visited the premises just after midnight on 1 July just as owner Mohammed Aslam arrived back from work with the men, all of whom worked for him.   When officers went into the ...

‘ASB tenant powers under threat’

23rd February 2015

Powers to tackle anti-social tenants in Scotland could be reduced if new laws for the private rental sector (PRS) are introduced, according to industry bodies. The publication of a consultation by the Scottish government looking at potential reforms for the PRS has revealed that one of the measures under consideration the removal of the ‘no-fault ground’, which allows landlords to ask tenants to move out at the end of an agreed contractual term. In response to the consultation, PRS organisation...

London landlord fined for offence in Salford

23rd February 2015

A private London landlord has been fined £1,200 for failing to licence a rented house in Salford. Tapiwa Madovi, of Tivoli Gardens, Woolwich, admitted failing to have a licence for a house as required under the Housing Act 2004. Madovi, who did not attend the hearing at Manchester Magistrates' Court, was also ordered to pay costs of £963 and a victim surcharge of £120. The court heard last week that the selective licensing for landlords was introduced in parts of Charlestown and ...

Tottenham’s new stadium on the way? Family firm loses High Court challenge

20th February 2015

A firm that has held up Tottenham Hotspur’s plans to develop a new £400 million stadium has lost its legal challenge against a compulsory purchase order issued by the club. Archway Sheet Metal Works, which sits opposite Spur’s current White Heart Lane stadium on Paxton Road, is the last remaining obstacle to the Premier League club’s ambitions to build a new 56,000-seater ground. The firm argued that the CPO was "unlawful and invalid" and asked for it to be quashed. Howev...

Council is ‘winning war’ against housing fraud

20th February 2015

A local authority say it is “winning the war” against housing fraud, after preventing approximately £2 million in fraudulent applications.  And the London Borough of Richmond and Thames’ crackdown has now been recognised with a prize at this week’s Fighting Fraud Locally Awards.    The council’s joint housing investigations team came first in the Collaboration Award category. From April 2014 to February 2015, 25 social housing properties were rec...

Housing crooks prosecuted

18th February 2015

A local authority has prosecuted a pair of housing crooks, in two separate cases of fraud. In one case, a 40-year-old woman was prosecuted after an investigation by Northampton Borough Council found that as well as being allocated a council property in the county, she also had tenancy of a council flat in London. The fraudster was prosecuted under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act – the council’s first prosecution under the new act. In the second case, a 31-year-old woman was...

Winchester council leader quits over Silver Hill High Court defeat

18th February 2015

The Tory leader of Winchester City Council has resigned following the local authority’s High Court defeat over the controversial Silver Hill development. Councillor Robert Humby said that he had “come to the conclusion that the time has now come for me to step aside”. Last week, the High Court ruled that the council had acted unlawfully when it amended plans for the Silver Hill development by removing a bus station and a 35% affordable housing agreement from the scheme.  Cllr Humby had been un...

Council secures closure of ASB property

17th February 2015

South Gloucestershire Council has been awarded a closure order on a property following persistent complaints of anti-social behaviour (ASB) by a nuisance family. North Avon Magistrates' Court granted the order following reports of large group of youths gathering in and outside the property in Filton; verbal and homophobic abuse towards other residents; criminal damage including smashing residents’ windows; and people riding motorised scooters aggressively at other road users and not weari...