ONE of Glasgow's most notorious slum landlords has been blocked from renting out properties.
Mohammed Nawaz, who owns a host of flats in Govanhill, is now banned from acting as a private landlord and letting agent.
He was found to own eight flats in the South Side community as well as acting as a letting agent for 18 properties through his business Dixon Properties, on Cathcart Road.
A council source said Mr Nawaz, who rents out properties in Westmoreland, Daisy and Govanhill Streets, among others, is one of Glasgow's worst slum landlords,
Glasgow City Council moved to stop Mr Nawaz entering his name on the Private Landlord's Register after it found him in breach of more than half a dozen rules.
Investigators found Mr Nawaz:
l failed to apply to register as a landlord until repeatedly asked to do so
l failed to declare all the properties that he owned and let
l failed to provide information that would allow an accurate disclosure check against an alternative identity
l failed to provide evidence of appropriate housing insurance
l failed to provide evidence of compliance with gas safety standards
l failed to observe tenants' rights to complain to the Private Rented Housing Panel
l owes the council in excess of £18,000.
Mr Nawaz was also held to be responsible for the poor management of two properties that were found to be below standard while acting as a letting agent.
He also acted as letting agent for a property that was the subject of a Repairing Standard Enforcement Order.
The refusal to enter Mr Nawaz's name into register of private landlords authorises the council to serve rent penalty notices against him if he does not cease to be a landlord.
This means Mr Nawaz would be unable to claim rent against the eight properties he owns in Govanhill.
And all 16 owners of the 18 properties for which he acts as a letting agent will be asked to sack him, or face having their own applications for landlord registration removed.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "It has been shown on a number of counts that Mr Nawaz is not a fit to be a landlord."
Landlords who have been refused registration have the right to appeal to the Sheriff Court within 21 days of the initial decision.