Landlord who warned tenants they could be shot barred from letting flats

A landlord who warned tenants they could be shot in a row over repair bills has been banned from letting out flats.

Mark Fortune has had his application for entry to the landlord register refused by the City of Edinburgh Council. This makes it illegal for him to rent out properties in Edinburgh.

It is the first time the regulatory committee has refused an application. They made their decision after hearing about two previous convictions relating to his business.

In March 2011, Fortune was fined £1000 for operating an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

In September the same year, he was fined £650 for threatening to shoot tenants. The tenants had paid £160 for plumbing repairs as well as getting the front door lock fixed.

Fortune had gone to speak to the tenants about this and an argument broke out.

During the row, Fortune shouted at the tenants: "You go and find out who my friends are, three of them have just been locked up for 12 years for shooting somebody."

As a result, the City of Edinburgh Council’s regulatory committee refused his application.

Cllr Gavin Barrie said: "Whilst the significant majority of landlords are of good character and comply with the law there are some, such as Mark Fortune, who act unlawfully.

"Private rented property is an important part of the housing market in Edinburgh and Landlord Registration laws have an important part to play in ensuring tenants and neighbours can live their lives safe from crime, disorder and danger.

"This decision sends a clear message to good landlords, tenants and their neighbours that we will take robust action against landlords who act unlawfully."

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