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We have to tackle slum landlords before it is too late
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Purely personal feelings, but it's the only area of the city where I feel uneasy walking about in broad daylight    (at night I would be long gone)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hope the courts and the cooncil pump him and then just for sheer badness make him live in his own rat infested hovels...
Cue Mr Pesci.... Pretty sure he did a movie like that lol...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Slum landlord launches appeal (Evening Times)



GLASGOW slum boss Mohammed Aslam has launched an appeal after being
banned as a landlord.


The Evening Times revealed in November he had been sequestrated over
massive council tax debts owed to the city. That meant his estate - understood
to be more than 39 properties he rented out to families - was put into the
hands of accountants.

It followed a decision by Glasgow City Council to reject his application to
be a legitimate landlord after officials were forced to shut a home he rented
to a large family because of health and safety fears.

Now it has emerged tenants are still being charged to live in homes that
were controlled by Mr Aslam after he decided to use a legal loophole to
go on trading.

He has lodged an appeal through the courts against the council's decision
to throw out his application to be a legitimate landlord. Until a court ruling
is made he is able to rent out his flats.

A home the council forced him to shut because of disgusting and dangerous
conditions is again being rented to a young family after emergency repairs.



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Slum landlord loses appeal to rent flats (Evening Times)



GLASGOW slum landlord Mohammed Aslam has lost his bid to continue
renting flats.


The Evening Times revealed last April how a property owned by him in
Allison Street, Govanhill, had been forcibly shut.

Four adults and seven children, who were Slovakian Roma, were living in
the top floor flat, which was riddled with cockroaches.

A toilet had been set up next to a cooker, there was no heating or hot
water, the flat was damp, sinks were not connected and the electrics were
unsafe.

It was the first time in 20 years Glasgow City Council had stepped in and
imposed a closure order on a private property.

An investigation found Mr Aslam, who is understood to rent more than 39
properties to families, had not registered to operate as a landlord.

In September he was banned from the Register of Private Landlords when
the council used anti-social behaviour legislation against him.

His appeal to register was thrown out and in November the council successfully
ordered the seizure of his estate over council tax debts totalling £116,000.

As he is bankrupt, his estate was put into the hands of accountants.

Mr Aslam appealed through the courts against the decision to ban him
from being a legitimate landlord.

Now, Sheriff Anthony Deutsch has thrown out the appeal because all the
properties Mr Aslam previously owned are in the hands of the trustees of
his estate.

It means the council's refusal to let Mr Aslam join the Register of Private
Landlords will stand.

The question of whether he is a fit and proper person to be a landlord was
not considered by the court.

Mr Aslam has 21 days to appeal the decision but can do so only on a point
of law.



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

City’s slum timebomb (Evening Times)



Private rented slums are so out of control in an area of Glasgow that urgent
government intervention is needed, according to a city housing association.


Govanhill Housing Association has asked the Scottish Parliament to set up an
inquiry into slum landlords and inject cash to defuse a social and environmental
time bomb.

MSPs are today being told how landlords are failing to maintain their properties,
leaving p­eople living in dangerous and intolerable conditions which are hampering
neighbourhood improvement.

Officials have outlined details of rat infestation, mounting rubbish, substandard
accommodation and structurally dangerous buildings.

The situation is so severe and widespread that council resources are thought
inadequate to make any real difference. Help is now being sought from Holyrood
to prevent the area deteriorating further into a major health and safety hazard
zone.

In a report to the Scottish Parliament petitions committee, the housing association
said:
    ● The proliferation of private landlords in Govanhill is a key factor in the spiral
    of social decline and physical deterioration.
    ● Additional resources are needed immediately in relation to pest/infestation
    treatment, as the volume and level of rat, cockroach and bedbug infestation
    is out of control.
    ● The Landlord Registration Scheme is not robust enough to stop rogue landlords
    letting out sub-standard accommodation at market rents to vulnerable tenants.

In recent years the population in Govanhill has rocketed by more than 50%,
to about 16,000, with the area now home to thousands of Slovakian Roma people,
many in large family groups, putting extra pressure on the housing supply.

The Evening Times has highlighted the living conditions in Govanhill and reported
action taken against slum landlords. Last year Mohammed Aslam was banned
from renting out his estimated 39 properties after he failed to register and ran
up council tax debts of more than £100,000.

One of his properties, a cockroach-infested flat in Allison Street, was closed
down after it was found to be housing four adults and seven children with no
hot water.

Glasgow City Council has already identified properties for urgent work with
some currently under way, but admits future work will be curtailed by a budget
squeeze.

Five addresses in Allison Street, Westmoreland Street and Langside Road are
subject to ongoing major repair projects.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:36 pm    Post subject: Re: We have to tackle slum landlords before it is too late Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

james73 wrote:
We have to tackle slum landlords before it is too late



THE WAR against slum landlords in Glasgow who let vulnerable families live in
squalor is to be stepped up.


The pledge by city council bosses comes after the Evening Times revealed
yesterday how a cockroach-infested flat in Govanhill - where 11 Slovakian
Roma were living - had to be shut down because it was in such a disgusting state.

The top-floor property, one of around 60 owned by Mohammed Aslam, had
no heating or hot water, was damp and had a toilet next to the cooker. The
council put a closure order on the property.

Today deputy council leader Jim Coleman said he believed hundreds of
people could be living in similar horrendous conditions.

And he warned it was only a matter of time before a disaster happened.

Mr Coleman has called a series of top-level meetings in the city council
and is to press the Scottish Government for a change in the law.

Because the seven children and four adults living in the flat in Allison
Street were all from the same family, Mr Aslam did not have to register
the property as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

That requires landlords to follow a set of stringent rules to ensure the
house or flat is in good condition.

But people from the same family can live in a property without the landlord
having to apply for an HMO licence - and the council has limited power to
intervene.



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Slum landlord blocked from renting flats (© Evening Times)

One of Glasgow's most notorious slum landlords has been blocked from renting
out properties.


Mohammed Nawaz, who owns a host of flats in Govanhill, is now banned from
acting as a private landlord and letting agent. He was found to own eight flats
in the South Side community as well as acting as a letting agent for 18 properties
through his business Dixon Properties, on Cathcart Road.

A council source said Mr Nawaz, who rents out properties in Westmoreland, Daisy
and Govanhill Streets, among others, is one of Glasgow's worst slum landlords.
Glasgow City Council moved to stop Mr Nawaz entering his name on the Private
Landlord's Register after it found him in breach of more than half a dozen rules.

Investigators found Mr Nawaz:
  • failed to apply to register as a landlord until repeatedly asked to do so
  • failed to declare all the properties that he owned and let
  • failed to provide information that would allow an accurate disclosure check
    against an alternative identity
  • failed to provide evidence of appropriate housing insurance
  • failed to provide evidence of compliance with gas safety standards
  • failed to observe tenants' rights to complain to the Private Rented Housing
    Panel
  • owes the council in excess of £18,00

Mr Nawaz was also held to be responsible for the poor management of two
properties that were found to be below standard while acting as a letting agent.
He also acted as letting agent for a property that was the subject of a Repairing
Standard Enforcement Order.

The refusal to enter Mr Nawaz's name into register of private landlords authorises
the council to serve rent penalty notices against him if he does not cease to be a
landlord. This means Mr Nawaz would be unable to claim rent against the eight
properties he owns in Govanhill.

And all 16 owners of the 18 properties for which he acts as a letting agent will be
asked to sack him, or face having their own applications for landlord registration
removed.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "It has been
shown on a number of counts that Mr Nawaz is not a fit to be a landlord."

Landlords who have been refused registration have the right to appeal to the Sheriff
Court within 21 days of the initial decision.


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