An infamous Glasgow landlord, who was the owner of a flat where two students in a fire over 20 years ago, has been fined after operating in the private rental market despite being banned by Glasgow Council.
Harpal “Harry” Singh has been fined £270 after he was reported to Glasgow Council by one of his tenants.
Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how Singh demanded Liam Fair, who lived at a property in Melrose Street in the Woodlands area, to pay him for rent which was overdue despite the fact he was given a “rent suspension order” by the council in November 2017.
Fair reminded the landlord of the fact he was banned but Singh continued to demand the money and threatened to have him evicted.
In 1999, Singh was jailed for Perjury after two students died in a fire at one of his properties. Singh claimed the basement property had a working smoke detector, however it was later discovered that the property did not have a working fire alarm and bars on the windows also prevented two students from escaping.
Singh was fined £270 after the judge was informed by Singh’s lawyer that he is currently unemployed and had only £5,000 left to his name.