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Four rogue landlords in Govanhill barred from renting properties

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Four landlords from Govanhill in Glasgow have been barred from the Scottish Landlord Register.

They are Muhammed Anwar, Akhtar Ali, Ashiq Mohammed and Shabnam Sattar.

Mr Anwar had his application refused by Glasgow City Council's licensing and regulatory committee after it emerged he was serving six years in prison for child sex abuse offences.

The other three men were found to be no longer fit to be landlords due to issues with their properties.

The decisions were taken after complaints were made to the Landlord Registration Unit.

In the case of Mr Ali, the committee was told that concerns about his property management had arisen following a fire at one of his properties in Glenapp Street, Glasgow, which led to two people being taken to hospital.

A subsequent inspection of properties on Prince Edward Street, Garturk Street and Hickman Street revealed that the gas and electricity meters had been by-passed and that the flats had no smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, among other issues.

Problems identified

The by-passed electricity meters meant the properties no longer met the Tolerable Standard for rented property. Mr Ali was found to be no longer a fit and proper person to be registered as a landlord.

Mr Mohammed and Mr Sattar were both found to be no longer fit and proper to be registered as landlords after failing to produce the documentation required of landlords who operate property within Govanhill's Enhanced Enforcement Area.

This included enhanced criminal record certificates, up-to-date buildings insurance policies, acknowledgements from tenants that Tenant Information Packs had been provided, energy performance certificates and gas safety certificates.

A council spokesman said: "Our team is determined to ensure that those people on the Landlord Register are fit to be landlords.

"Whenever there is evidence that a landlord is no longer a suitable person to rent out property or they fail to manage their property appropriately, we will always seek to take action against them.

"Govanhill has been an area of the city where particular problems with landlords have been identified. The additional powers available to us through Govanhill's Enhanced Enforcement Area are helping us to improve housing standards in the area."

A previous meeting of the committee last year led to six Govanhill landlords being removed from the Landlord Register or having an application to be registered refused.

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