Falkirk businessman refused landlord licence

The prestigious Business Hub in Falkirk
The prestigious Business Hub in Falkirk

A company director based in Falkirk’s prestigious business centre has been refused a private landlord licence after it was revealed he has a conviction for stalking.

The application from Ryan Maginnes who runs two security firms from an office suite in The Hub in Vicar Street was turned down by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The licensing panel took the decision after Police Scotland warned it did not consider him a “fit and proper” person because of his criminal record - and on the advice of housing officers who investigated a string of complaints against him from the tenant of the property and reported correspondence towards landlord registration staff had been “confrontational”.

Mr Maginnes was told earlier this year he needed to register as a private landlord after the council received a housing benefit claim for an unregistered property in the village of Carsphairn in Kirkcudbrightshire.

He was then issued with a rent penalty notice which meant he could no longer collect rent from his tenant and warned any further attempt to register would incur a late application fee of £110.

His response was to accuse the council of “incompetence” - and threaten his tenant with eviction.

The 25-year-old from Balloch in Cumbernauld finally paid the fee in May by which time it had been revealed he had been convicted at Falkirk Sheriff Court last June of stalking and placed on a community payback order with the added condition not to contact his victim for three years.