Landlord fined for bombarding tenant with text messages

A landlord who repeatedly harassed his tenant and flouted fire safety rules has been fined more than £2,400.

The Court heard how Nilendu Das, a 49- year-old from Sheffield, would bombard the tenant with text messages and unsolicited visits.

On one occasion he sent 10 text messages in just three minutes to the tenant.

He also disturbed the tenant at night and while he was working, reportedly leaving the tenant “fearful that he would get the sack”.

Mr Das also pleaded guilty to four separate health and safety breaches relating to another residence, where damaged fire doors and faulty fire alarm systems were found.

The Magistrates’ Court ordered the landlord to pay £2,412 in fines and compensation, as well as undertake 180 hours of unpaid community work.

Jayne Dunn, Sheffield Council’s housing chief, said: “I am determined to carry on clamping down on the very small minority of bad landlords in Sheffield that treat their tenants badly and tarnish the private rented sector.”

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Nigel is the Managing Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution in the London office of Mackrell Turner Garrett.
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