The importance of being aware of rental laws has been highlighted after Ealing Council lowercase handed out a £3,000 fine to a private landlord.

Most investors in the private rented sector are aware of their landlord responsibilities, but Kunaratnam Kuganesan was found to be in breach of a council prohibition order, which ordered that garden outbuildings at his Greenford home must not be let out due to their condition.

He continued to let out the home to a family and was subsequently fined £3,000 as well as £1,133 in court costs, the article noted.

The incident comes after a private landlord was fined £6,000 for failing to ensure his property met fire safety regulations.

After a fire at a Radford-based property in June 2008, it was found that the private landlord failed to have sufficient precautions, such as smoke alarms and self-closing doors, fitted at the house, the Nottingham Evening Post reported.

David Salusbury, chairman of the National Landlords Association, said this week: "Precautions taken in a rental property will offer reassurance to tenants that their landlord strives to keep their property as safe as possible."ADNFCR-2002-ID-19036637-ADNFCR

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