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Oxford City Council has a city wide additional licensing scheme for all HMOs. They are looking to introduce indicators that demonstrate how the scheme is working. They feel they can demonstrate how the physical characteristics of the buildings have been improved, via the licence conditions, additional amenities, fire protection, repair etc., but want to know what indicators other authorities use to demonstrate an improvement in the management. For instance, a decrease in noise, refuse, pest complaints associated with HMOs, other anti social behaviour indicators and reduction in instances of domestic fires.
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On 8 August 2014 Mr Ghulam Ijaz of Chippinghouse Road, Sheffield and UK Legal Estates Ltd of Wolseley Road, Sheffield were each fined £1,000 for failing to license a property occupied by 10 at Granville Road, Sheffield. The property company, of which Mr Ijaz is a director was also fined a total of £1,000 for bad management at the property and faced Council costs of over £1,000. Victim surcharges added a further £220 to the bill.
The tenants first took tenancies in late September 2013 and they were released from their contracts on 19 December. The landlord was required to supply copies of tenancies by a Section 235 notice and this, together with interview under caution established that the owner of the premises was not involved in the letting of the property.
The property had inadequate facilities for 10 and fire precautions but was only occupied in beach of licensing for 3 months.