A private landlord is facing the consequences for ignoring rental laws after being handed a £6,895 fine for letting out a low-standard property.

Mohammed Ashraf from Bolton was punished by Salford city council after the local authority was forced to spend £13,000 improving his rental home.

The local authority is looking to reclaim this money, which was spent after the private landlord's property was found to have a broken boiler, a leaking soil pipe connected to the toilet and large damp patches among other faults.

"We're not afraid to take action against landlords who don't take their responsibilities seriously,"said Salford councillor and lead member for housing Peter Connor.

The punishment comes after Salford city council found private landlord Andrew Bevan last month when his property was found to have problems such as a cracked floor tiles and a broken smoke alarm.

Many landlords are aware of their responsibilities on fire safety after the National Landlords Association published a guide on this subject last month.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19057006-ADNFCR

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