Rogue landlord banned from letting property

A buy-to-let landlord has been banned from renting out a property in England after he repeatedly broke housing laws.

Carmelo Borsellino, of Cheveral Avenue, in Coventry, has a long history of poor property management and has been convicted on several occasions.

Borsellino’s latest conviction, relating to properties in 12, 13 and 14 Lower Ford Street, Coventry, has seen him banned from renting out a property in England for 15 months. He was also fined £1,350 at Coventry Magistrates’ Court. He has also been added to the national rogue landlord database.

The tribunal said “they were unimpressed with Mr Borsellino’s attempts to avoid or diminish the seriousness of having been convicted in relation to fire safety breaches”.

If Borsellino breaches the order he could be imprisoned for 51 weeks and ordered to pay £30,000.

Cllr David Welsh, cabinet member for housing and communities at Coventry City Council, said: “Rogue landlords and agents have no place in Coventry and the Council will use all its powers available to stop these criminals from operating in Coventry”.

Adrian Chowns, Property Licensing and Housing Enforcement Manager for the city, added: “Offences of this nature are very serious and have the potential to undermine Coventry City Council’s work to ensure that rented housing within its locality is safe and suitable for tenants. The use of banning orders is just one of the many tools the Council is adopting to tackle rogue landlords and deter them from flouting their responsibilities.”

 

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