Littlehampton landlord fined £5,700 for breaches

A LITTLEHAMPTON landlord who pleaded guilty to managing two properties when there was a condition imposed to say that he could not has been fined £5,700.

Alex Kaboub, 74, of River Road, Littlehampton, owns several properties and in 2007 applied for a licence to let his three storey property at River Road and a terraced house in Purbeck Place to multiple occupants.

But in 2010 he was convicted of an act of violence using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour and as a result Arun District Council took the decision that Kaboub was no longer the proper person to manage a house of multiple occupation.

He employed Wendy Collins as manager for two hours per week but continued to be involved in the day to day running of the properties, which was forbidden under the conditions.

Breaches included the carrying out of fire assessments and repairing doors.

Five of Kaboub’s original charges were dropped by the council in return for guilty pleas to the two remaining counts.

He accepted that he found it difficult to turn down requests for help from tenants, especially at River Road where he lived on the ground floor of the property with his family and rented out 11 rooms on the second and third floors.

Speaking at Worthing Magistrates Court on Tuesday (May 27), Arun District Council asked for investigation costs of £3,000, of which £1,500 were granted.

Kaboub was also ordered to pay a fine of £2,000 for each charge plus a £200 victim surcharge.

Speaking after the sentencing, Rob Findlay, houses in multiple occupation officer for Arun District Council, said: “This has been a long investigation and Arun District Council is pleased with the sentence and can now go on to ensure these properties are properly managed in the future.”

Councillor Roger Elkins, Arun’s cabinet member for housing, said: “We will pursue any landlord who does not take their responsibilities seriously and will take enforcement action where necessary, particularly when it comes to houses of multiple occupation.”