A Blackpool property owner has been banned from renting out homes after failing a number of landlord responsibilities.

Umer Usman Amin, who is based in London, left electrics in his two Tyldesley Road houses in such a poor state of repair that they could have caused a fire at any time, reports the Blackpool Gazette.

In the week that the government announced new proposals to clamp down on rogue landlords, it was deemed that the facilities he was providing for a family of six - including four young children - were life threatening.

Other landlord legal issues resulting from this case have seen Mr Amin and his managing agent, Ismail Derek, given a five-figure fine.

Blackpool council leader Peter Callow said: "There is no place in Blackpool for landlords who fail to provide safe and well-managed accommodation for residents."

He added that the local authority has "a zero tolerance approach"to cases such as this and will take immediate legal action whenever these situations arise.

Written by John Weeks

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