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Landlord Banned from Managing Homes

A London landlord has been banned from managing property in two boroughs for 10 years. Katia Goremsandu has been given a Criminal Behaviour Order after being convicted for breaching the Housing Act at a rental flat in Bayswater. Ms Goremsandu was also issued fines and costs totalling £10,000. The conviction is said to be one of the first of its kind and is described as a landmark case.

Council inspectors found a number of fire safety faults in the flat including, no mains-connected fire alarm and a lack of fire-proofing in the lobby. Ms Goremsandu previously had convictions for housing offences at another property, where she placed a black sticker over a warning light on a faulty fire alarm.

The court order bans her from managing any property in London or owning a company which manages property. Breaching these conditions would be a criminal offence resulting in a potential prison sentence of up to 5 years.

Westminster’s cabinet member for public protection and licensing, Antonia Cox, said the actions should send a message to all rogue landlords. Ms Cox said: “The order means that the likelihood of her being able to reoffend is now significantly reduced. This sends a clear message to all landlords that they have a responsibility to their tenants and that bad practice will not be tolerated in Westminster.”

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