Birmingham landlords have been warned that they will be prosecuted if they break the law after one rogue operator was landed with a fine of close to £15,000.

Mohammed Sajad Akbar, of Moseley, was ordered to pay out £14,591 after failing to comply with several council requests to obtain Houses in Multiple Occupation Licenses for his properties.

The city's cabinet minister for housing, councillor John Lines, warned that the authority would continue to come down hard on private landlords who fail to ensure "safe and decent"accommodation for tenants.

"I am determined that landlords comply with the basic requirements of the licence conditions to ensure tenants live in a safe home,"he stated.

The council would be working closely with landlords in the area to help raise standards in the city, he added, and would have "no hesitation"in seeking to prosecute landlords who continue to flout the law.

Landlords in the north of England faced a similar warning recently after East Riding of Yorkshire Council announced that it was set to "get tough"with unlicensed operators in the area.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18975165-ADNFCR

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