Two landlords have been threatened with the "toughest possible sentences"after they were found to have breached rental laws.

Brothers Saiid and Shakil Ismail will face court action if they continue to ignore planning and safety laws, said Wandsworth council planning chairman Leslie McDonnell.

The local authority issued the warning after the pair appeared in court for the fifth time in less than a year relating to offences at different addresses.

They have been fined a total of £41,000 by the council after breaking rental laws on so many occasions.

Councillor McDonnell warned they will face court action if the brothers are found to have failed to uphold their landlord legal responsibilities again.

"In future, they should follow planning laws and make sure that whenever they do building work it is done properly, done safely and does not end up being dangerous,"he said.

The warning of landlord responsibilities comes after the National Landlords Association last month urged private landlords to take fire safety rental laws seriously.

Landlords need to research the legislation to discover what requirements their types of property must satisfy, the body recommended.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19053296-ADNFCR

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