Darlington man fined £3,000 after ignoring banning order

Darlington and Stockton Times: A shower area at the property had a number of broken tiles A shower area at the property had a number of broken tiles

A RESTAURANT owner who allowed people to live in squalid conditions has been fined £3,000 after flouting an order banning him from housing tenants.

Mohammed Nazim Uddin, of New Jeera Restaurant, in Northgate, Darlington, was prosecuted after Darlington Borough Council found several people in dangerous living quarters above and below the commercial premises during three separate visits.

Uddin was given an emergency prohibition order barring him from keeping tenants in May 2011, after private sector housing officers from the authority found the property had inadequate fire safety protection.

Officers returned to the address again on April 27 and November 16 this year, and found people were still illegally living at the property.

On their last visit, police had to be called to the premises to protect council officers as they carried out an inspection.

Uddin was found guilty and fined in his absence at Darlington Magistrates’ Court, with magistrates taking into account his repeated failure to comply with the council order.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and policy, welcomed the decision, and said it proved the authority was committed to stopping landlords from exploiting tenants.

He said: “We want to send out very strong message to people who think it is fine to put lives at risk by allowing the occupation of dangerous and unsuitable premises.

“It is not acceptable and we will take action against those who ignore our warnings.”

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6:48pm Thu 29 Nov 12

maclaren says...

This money grabbing low life piece of scum should be locked up for what he has done what a completely selfish man he is putting people in such squalid conditions wonder what the kitchens are like in his restaurant would anyone dine there now DONT THINK SO you disgust me mr Mohammed nazim uddin hope your restaurant dies a death
This money grabbing low life piece of scum should be locked up for what he has done what a completely selfish man he is putting people in such squalid conditions wonder what the kitchens are like in his restaurant would anyone dine there now DONT THINK SO you disgust me mr Mohammed nazim uddin hope your restaurant dies a death maclaren
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7:02pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Davy Crocket says...

£3000 is pocket money it's hardly a deterrent. In any case he's probably housing drunken pigs in them and they don't deserve anything better. Ban alcohol NOW.
£3000 is pocket money it's hardly a deterrent. In any case he's probably housing drunken pigs in them and they don't deserve anything better. Ban alcohol NOW. Davy Crocket
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8:50pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Lifetime Townie says...

Well done Darlo council Keep up the good work!
Well done Darlo council Keep up the good work! Lifetime Townie
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1:42pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Yemen says...

Davy Crocket wrote:
£3000 is pocket money it's hardly a deterrent. In any case he's probably housing drunken pigs in them and they don't deserve anything better. Ban alcohol NOW.
shut up twunt ....
[quote][p][bold]Davy Crocket[/bold] wrote: £3000 is pocket money it's hardly a deterrent. In any case he's probably housing drunken pigs in them and they don't deserve anything better. Ban alcohol NOW.[/p][/quote]shut up twunt .... Yemen
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4:07pm Fri 30 Nov 12

BMD says...

I don’t think it will have been the tenants complaining to the Council.

The tenants are most likely from Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri Lanker; this will have been a step up in class for them.

I hope the Council checked for the tenant’s passports and work visas, but knowing Darlington Council the tenants will be in the 4 Star Grange Hotel with all meals and facilities paid by the Council Tax-Payer.
I don’t think it will have been the tenants complaining to the Council. The tenants are most likely from Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri Lanker; this will have been a step up in class for them. I hope the Council checked for the tenant’s passports and work visas, but knowing Darlington Council the tenants will be in the 4 Star Grange Hotel with all meals and facilities paid by the Council Tax-Payer. BMD
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5:25pm Fri 30 Nov 12

drainman says...

maclaren wrote:
This money grabbing low life piece of scum should be locked up for what he has done what a completely selfish man he is putting people in such squalid conditions wonder what the kitchens are like in his restaurant would anyone dine there now DONT THINK SO you disgust me mr Mohammed nazim uddin hope your restaurant dies a death
Very well put, his food is terrible and we've all just found out his morals are aswell, £3000 is nothing to what this disgusting man would have pocketed from what he has done.
[quote][p][bold]maclaren[/bold] wrote: This money grabbing low life piece of scum should be locked up for what he has done what a completely selfish man he is putting people in such squalid conditions wonder what the kitchens are like in his restaurant would anyone dine there now DONT THINK SO you disgust me mr Mohammed nazim uddin hope your restaurant dies a death[/p][/quote]Very well put, his food is terrible and we've all just found out his morals are aswell, £3000 is nothing to what this disgusting man would have pocketed from what he has done. drainman
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10:11am Sat 1 Dec 12

thehogman says...

From what I can gather, these tenants simply moved to upstairs accommodation 100 yards away above the kabab shops closer to the town, which again is probably unfit form habitation
From what I can gather, these tenants simply moved to upstairs accommodation 100 yards away above the kabab shops closer to the town, which again is probably unfit form habitation thehogman
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