LANDLORD Licensing & DEFENCE

Helping Landlords and Agents Avoid Council Fines and Penalties

Defence Through Licensing and Compliance

There’s never been so much gruelling and demanding legislation to comply with. 

Landlord in court because buy to let was unclean and unsafe

23 Jul 2021 A landlord who failed to ensure his property was clean and safe for tenants to live in has been prosecuted by a council.  An environmental health officer from Oldham council first visited a private rented property in the town in September last year after they received information about a number of faults, including dangerous electrics and a leaking toilet. An Improvement Notice...

Landlord’s excuse for operating Unlicensed HMO not a ‘Reasonable Excuse’ finds Appeal to Upper Tribunal

05 Jan 2021 Thurrock Council has won an appeal from a decision of the First-tier Tribunal to cancel a civil penalty imposed for the offence of managing or being in control of a house in multiple occupation that is required by the Housing Act 2004 to be licensed, when it was not so licensed. The FTT reached that conclusion because it found that the respondent had the defence of reasonable excuse....

Two Cambridge landlords fined for breaching health and safety standards

Two landlords in Cambridge have been fined for health and safety breaches in their privately rented properties. Following an investigation by Cambridge city council, a local landlord was served with a financial penalty notice of £8951.60 after a property in multiple occupation (HMO) on Garlic Row was found to be unlicensed and had unsatisfactory fire precautions. In a separate investigation by...

Court of Appeal upholds £99k penalties for breaches of HMO regulations and non-compliance with enforcement notices

05 Feb 2021 The Court of Appeal has rejected a company director's appeal over penalties amounting to £99,000 imposed by the Upper Tribunal for breaches of regulations covering houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), and non-compliance with enforcement notices. The penalties related to Max House, 60 St Faiths Lane, Norwich of which Faith’s Lane Apartments (FLAL) was the freehold owner. The...

Fines for Fire Safety breaches Will Become Unlimited says Home Office

25 Mar 2021 Building owners who breach fire safety regulations under the Fire Safety Order will be subject to unlimited fines, the Home Office has announced. The measures come as part of the government’s response to the Fire Safety Consultation and will be included in the Building Safety Bill legislation currently working its way through parliament. The fines will also be issued to anyone...

£50,000 fines for Landlord and his company

19 Apr 2021 A property company and its sole director landlord have been convicted and ordered to pay more than £50,000 in fines and legal costs. Francis Investments (East Anglia) Limited, based in Ipswich, and the company’s sole director and owner of the property, Ralph Bernard, were both convicted on 10 charges. An investigation was started into the property by Ipswich council in June 2019...

Lettings agent jailed after £182,000 fraud

20 Sep 2021 A lettings agent has been jailed for three years for defrauding tenants and landlords out of more than £182,000.  Lee Clarke, 42, of Park Corner, Windsor, was director of Berkshire Estate Agents in Slough.  He disappeared in 2019 after being investigated by Slough Trading Standards and was expelled from The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay money back to complainants as...

Brighton landlord prosecuted for unlicensed HMO

Brighton & Hove City Council’s planning enforcement team has prosecuted a landlord for letting a Brighton home as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) without a licence, in the first successful prosecution by the council regarding an unauthorised conversion of a house into a small HMO. James Trevor Ford of Maidstone Road, Horsmonden in Kent had made no attempt to secure permission for the...

Leeds landlord has been fined for renting out this mouldy, unsafe house

2 May 2019 A woman living in this dangerously maintained house in Chapeltown has been awarded compensation after her landlord was taken to court. Andrew Watson, of Harehills Avenue in Chapeltown, was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay victim compensation of £1,000 after he repeatedly ignored legal notices served by Leeds City Council regarding the condition of a house he was renting out on Hill Top...

Are you running an HMO without realising it?

How many rooms do you have in your rental property? How many people are living there? Could you be at risk of being targeted by local government's current crackdown on unlicensed HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation)? HMOs can be a serious pitfall for landlords, with the potential to cost you large sums of money in penalties and litigation. A couple of recent news items have reminded us how...

Liverpool Council hands out 2,000 legal notices, 154 cautions, 89 civil penalty notices and 159 prosecutions

11 Apr 2019 A council has revealed the squalid conditions its inspectors have found when visiting rental properties as it looks to extend its landlord licensing scheme. Liverpool City Council has operated a city-wide selective licensing scheme since April 2015 but is now looking to extend it for five years when it expires in March 2020. Council officials say more rogue landlords have been...

BTL landlord ordered to pay £9,500 for failing to maintain property

02 Mar 2020 A buy-to-let landlord in Liverpool has been ordered to pay almost £9.500 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for his tenant. John William Kildare was found guilty of failing to comply with an Improvement Notice after allowing his tenant to live in dangerous conditions. According to Liverpool City Council, the Hanford Avenue property, in Orrel Park, had a long list...

Landlord convicted of unlawfully evicting tenant now fined for running unlicensed HMO in Telford

Feb 21, 2019 A landlord from Telford who had previously been convicted of unlawfully evicting a tenant has now been fined for running an unlicensed house in multiple occupation. In March 2017, David Beattie admitted threatening violence against a tenant in his property in Dudmaston, Hollinswood. Shropshire Magistrates Court sitting in Telford on Monday heard that Beattie, of Priorslee, was not...

Will Government make Rogue Landlord Database public? Decision awaited

11 Aug 2021 There has still been no formal response to a government consultation on the database of rogue agents and landlords, 25 months after comments were initially requested and 22 months after the exercise closed. The database of rogue landlords and property agents was introduced in April 2018, targeted at agents and landlords who committed the most serious offences - typically those...

Landlord and Agent fined for 32 occupants in 2 bed flat

The managing director of a letting agency and the Landlord of a two-bedroom flat where an unbelievable 32 people were found to be living have been fined, along with the agency itself. Altogether they have been ordered to pay a remarkably low £30,000. However, as this was a criminal prosecution in court rather than civil financial penalties it is normal for the fines to be lower because the...

Landlord punished over safety case

21 Jan 2013 A LANDLORD risked his own tenants' lives by allowing them to stack furniture on a staircase. He has now been prosecuted by the city council for failing to keep the fire escape of his Chorlton property clear. The council decided to take legal action after making a number of visits to Alan Selkirk's property on Oswald Road. Manchester Magistrates Court heard that between September and...

I would have sent you to prison if I could – Judge tells Landlord

10 Dec 2019 A landlord has been ordered to pay almost £20,000 and has been told by a judge that he was meaner than Scrooge. George Lindsay, from Birmingham, has pleaded guilty of failing to obtain an HMO licence and to 13 breaches of HMO Management Regulations. He has been ordered to pay a fine of £19,970. When issuing the sentence, the district judge commented that Scrooge was a philanthropist...

Property manager hit with £10,500 fine for unlicensed HMO

Property manager hit with £10,500 fine for unlicensed HMO A company and the manager of a house of multiple occupation (HMO) in South Hampstead, north-west London, have been hit with a hefty fine following legal proceedings brought by the Camden Council. Manager of the property, Benjamin George Wilson, aged 40 from Barnet, having earlier pleaded guilty to operating an HMO without an HMO licence,...

CIEH to Train Housing Enforcement Officers to Prosecute Thousands More Landlords

04 Mar 2022 Poor housing quality is a serious issue affecting the public health and mental health of the UK population, yet 18% of homes in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) fail the government’s decent homes standard. Enforcement is a key part of improving housing, yet there is a lack of qualified and experienced housing enforcement officers, and many councils have lost...

Speed cameras being used by Councils to create revenue new report – just like property licensing & Landlord Fines

16 Jul 2020 In a report by the Inspectorate of Police and Fire Services they accuse Safety Camera Partnerships (dominated by local authorities) of being cynical and putting cameras to generate revenue and not to save lives. What landlords need to know is that this is exactly what Local Authorities are doing in the housing sector with Licensing and...

Landlord Jailed for illegal eviction and harassment 

09 Jun 2022 A landlord has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for the illegal eviction and harassment of a tenant, and has been ordered to pay over £8,000 in compensation. Mirza Tariq Mahmud Jaral, of Peterborough, pleaded not guilty to offences of illegal eviction and harassment of an assured tenant from his home in the town in July 2020. Peterborough council officials were first alerted...

Bristol landlord £5000 Rent Repayment Order

24 Jun 2020 Two Bristol landlords have been ordered to repay nearly £5,000 following investigations by the council’s so called rogue landlord unit. One, Lucy Sherry, was found to have breached the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.  She was found to have harassed her tenants, and did so with reasonable cause to believe that her conduct would lead to the tenants giving up occupation of the...

Landlord fined for failing to make safety improvements

A landlord who failed to comply with an Improvement Notice and carry out essential repairs to his property was ordered to pay fines and costs of almost £800 following an investigation by Harrogate Borough Council. Private landlord Damian John Green, of Heather Lea Avenue in Sheffield, failed to carry out the required works to his rental property on Robert Street, Harrogate, within the agreed...

Rogue rent-to-rent landlord will face prison if he tries to rent out property again

06 Oct 2020 A landlord has failed to overturn a ban from renting out properties after repeatedly putting tenants’ lives at risk by letting unsafe housing. Balazs Stalter was prosecuted earlier this year by Wandsworth Council’s housing team following complaints received from people who had been renting accommodation from him. The rogue operator rented large properties himself and then unlawfully...

Own goal! Failure to licence HMO cost ex-footballer £34,000

23 Feb 2021 A landlord who failed to licence his properties has been ordered to pay back over £8,000 in rent. Dexter Blackstock, a former professional footballer, has been told he has to refund £8,592.98 in housing benefit that he was paid for two unlicensed properties. Blackstock was previously convicted of nine offences of failing to licence properties under Nottingham council's...

Judge tears into Northampton Council’s Samantha Ling and her department

14 Jun 2021 In a shocking, and embarrassing for Northampton Borough Council (NBC),  determination by Judge Wayte of the First Tier Tribunal property, he went so far as to suggest that the landlord should make a claim for costs against the Council.  A move that is almost unheard of, such was his condemnation of Samantha Ling and her department. Ling’s department is well known as priding...

University acts Criminally putting Landlords in Danger of Prosecution

23 Oct 2020 Following the recent revelation that the University of Warwick is dumping hundreds of private landlords in favour of its own student accommodation , it has today come to light that as part of this strategy it appears to have deliberately put landlords subject to Coventry City Council’s controversial Additional Licensing scheme at risk of prosecution and massive fines. These landlords...

£10,000 Civil Penalty Fine – Landlord loses appeal

29 Nov 2019 The First Tier Property Tribunal has thrown out an appeal by Islington Landlord Iqbal Ahmad. The property, a flat in Holloway Road London N7 was inspects as part of the licence application process and he accepted a licence with conditions pertaining to amongst other things not having adequate fire protection measures.  When the council re-inspected the property in April 2019 -...

Civil Penalty Notice and hefty fine for HMO landlord without licence

12 Oct 2021 A landlord has been fined over £7,000 for letting out an unsafe and unlicensed HMO. South Gloucestershire council’s private sector housing team issued the landlord a Civil Penalty Notice after a number of offences were identified at a three-storey semi-detached property in Filton housing five people. The team were first alerted to the property in January this year when council tax...

Landlord fined £177,000 for putting tenants at risk

A neglectful landlord, who allowed his tenants to occupy a property without working smoke alarms, a lack of sufficient fire doors and an external escape route that was in a poor state of repair, even after repeated warnings from the local council, has been fined £177,000 for serious breaches of fire safety regulations. Philip Anthony Brotherton, the owner of Cresctcourt Properties Ltd, accepted...

Record fine for unregistered HMO landlord as two landlords prosecuted

Two Brighton & Hove landlords of shared houses have been prosecuted for failing to license their properties as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) with one facing an unprecedented £20,000 fine. Both were prosecuted under the Housing Act 2004 at Eastbourne Magistrates Court. Neither defendant appeared at the hearing this week and neither was represented. Sarah Jordan, who is the landlord of...

Councils using ‘Intelligence” to track down rental properties with low EPCs – £5,000 fines

29 Mar 2021 And so the EPC witch-hunt begins…. Threatening fines of up to £5,000 for any rental property with an EPC lower than Band E, councils are now using artificial intelligence to pull together all manner of records and information to cross-correlate properties on the EPC register with ratings F or G so that they can issue fines in the name of improving housing conditions for tenants. Of...

£10,000 fine per 2-bedroom shared house as Greenwich mounts witch-hunt to raise revenue

10 Jul 2020 Four buy to let investors have each been fined £10,000 for letting out unlicensed HMOs. The unlicensed properties , all in the Greenwich area, include a two-bedroom HMO rented to four separate tenants, a five-bedroom HMO rented to seven separate tenants, and two separate three-bedroom HMOs.  A council spokeswoman says: “Every single person in our borough deserves...

Oxford City Council has collected a total of £31,606 in penalties for housing offences from its first three cases since the introduction of new financial penalty powers

Oxford City Council has collected a total of £31,606 in penalties for housing offences from its first three cases since the introduction of new financial penalty powers to help crackdown on rogue landlords and improve safety for renters. In the biggest of the three fines, a landlord who owns a rented property on Garsington Road received financial penalties totalling £25,298 for failing to...

Landlord ordered to behave himself after being abusive towards tenant

21 May 2019 A BTL landlord who lost his cool during a heated exchange with a tenant over unpaid rent has been ordered to be of good behaviour for the next nine months at Jedburgh Sheriff Court. Steven Melville, 53, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and swearing and struggling with his tenant, William Harley, during the incident in Hawick, Scotland, in...

Landlord fined £29k for putting tenants’ lives ‘at risk’

Dangerous electrical mains installation, ‘defective’ sanitary fitments in both the bathroom and kitchen, and a ‘lack of automatic fire detection’, were among just some of the issues uncovered during an inspection of a rental home in Derby that led to the property’s owner being fined just over £29,000. Buy-to-let landlord Adrian Ernest Dart was described by the prosecution as an ‘absentee...

Landlord fined £50,000, for failing to licence 2 HMOs

Following a trawl of Letting Agents Web sites properties for let were discovered for rent and had no house in multiple occupation Licences. Harmesh Bagga, landlord of 3 properties let through Ignite Properties to students in Royal Leamington Spa has been fined £50,000 plus costs for failing to properly manage and obtain licences for each of his properties let in multiple occupation Magistrates...

Unlicensed landlord ordered to pay over £2,600

A private landlord has been fined £2,000 for renting out two properties in Peterborough without a licence which he was legally obliged to obtain under the city council’s selective licensing scheme. Kevin Wagstaff, who lives in Eye, was found guilty in his absence at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court last week for letting two properties on Atkinson Street and Saltmarsh without a licence, despite it...

HMO landlord fined

Three landlords have been fined a total of £24,170 including costs, for failing to have a licence for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Chiabass Lawrence, who has been managing HMOs across London since 2003, pleaded guilty at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on 19th June for failing to acquire a license for an HMO without reasonable excuse. Mr Lawrence and his property management companies, OGAS...

Wirral Council Extends Selective Licensing Scheme

Landlords are being warned that Wirral Council is extending its selective licensing scheme, after a family of landlords was fined more than £16,000 for failing to comply with the system. From April 2019, streets in Birkenhead, Hamilton Square and Seacombe will become subject to selective licensing, which means that all landlords with properties in these areas must apply for a licence to let...

“All hands to the pumps” demands Lord Chancellor as he vows to catch up on Court and Tribunal cases

06 Jul 2020 The Lord Chancellor has agreed that there should be no constraints in the number of sitting days available during the COVID-19 recovery period for the courts or any hesitation in using fee-paid and deputy judges to fill any gaps which cannot be filled by the salaried judiciary, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and Lord Justice Lindblom have revealed. “It is now all hands to...

Court fines Landlord £26,000 for rats and cockroaches in un-declared HMO

22 Jul 2020 A pregnant woman was among nine people put “at risk” by their landlords, who allowed their tenants’ home to become infested with rats and cockroaches. Barnet Council says its enforcement officers found a “severe cockroach infestation” at 80 Highfield Avenue in Golders Green, Barnet, while the stairs and flooring had been “partially eaten by rats”. Officers also...

Agent claiming to be unaware property was HMO, loses appeal over £20k fine

A lettings agent that claimed that it was unaware a property was a house in multiple occupation (HMO) has lost its appeal over a £20,000 fine. In January this year Altavon property management ltd and the landlord of the property, Adrian Simion, 30, had been found guilty at Luton Magistrates court of a series of management regulations breaches relating to the safety and running of houses in...

Council forgoes civil financial penalty in pursuit of Banning Order

06 Jun 2022 Despite announcing in 2018 that they were now pursuing landlords  for failure to licence HMOs and breaches of HMO Management Regulations under the civil penalty regime, (see £16,000 fine given for non-licence HMO”) the local authority has instead taken this “Rogue” landlord to court where there was only a small £4,808 fine. Said Phil Turtle, compliance director with Landlord...

£40k fine for unsafe scaffolding at house

26 May 2022 Kent-based RPS Scaffolding Ltd has been fined following an incident where the scaffolding the company erected collapsed, injuring two workers. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that in August 2020, two workers were injured when the scaffolding they were working from on Thorpebank Road in London collapsed. An HSE investigation found that RPS Scaffolding Ltd erected a scaffold to...

Councils teaching tenants how to reclaim rent from landlords

03 Mar 2021 A London council is running what it describes as “an innovative project” to help private tenants reclaim rent from landlords who fall foul of licensing rules.  London Borough of Tower Hamlets council claims that over £200,000 has been reclaimed for tenants under the Rent Repayment Order project, which holds landlords to account if they fail to obtain the correct property licence...

Co-operative HMO Landlord has fine reduced to £2,000 as Birmingham starts Civil Penalty Regime

30 Aug 2019 A landlord has been hit with a £2,000 penalty for fire safety breaches at a two-storey property housing nine people in a landmark case for Birmingham City Council. Officers visited the house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Small Heath in November and found there to be no interlinked fire alarm, fire doors or fire blanket, and a lack of fire separation in the building. The council...

HMO Landlords: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

01 Apr 2020 Over the past year we have seen Mandatory HMO licensing increased in scope to include all properties with 5 or more occupants, where they belong to two or more households. Since this we have seen a dramatic increase in the use of prosecutions, civil penalty fines and Rent Repayment Orders against Landlords. Many landlords, doing their best and running what they believe to be good HMO...

£18,000 Civil Penalty for Landlord who didn’t comply with HHSRS

12 Jan 2020 A landlord in one of the most scenic parts of Devon had been served with a £18,000 civil penalty because he failed to do work demanded by an Improvement Notice.  The landlord has not been named by South Hams council, but it says the landlord has now organised for the repairs to be carried out - which he has paid for, in addition to the penalty.  "This is fantastic news for...

Rogue Birmingham landlord endangering lives successfully prosecuted

George Lindsay, 55, from Erdington, has been successfully prosecuted and ordered to pay close to £20,000 for breaching housing regulations. The rogue landlord pleaded guilty for failing to obtain a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence and to 13 breaches of HMO Management Regulations and has been ordered to pay a fine of £19,970. When issuing the sentence, the district judge commented that...

Legislation and Regulations that can hit Owners and Agents with

 Unlimited Fines or

Civil Penalties up to £30,000 PER item for each and every ‘breach’ of

the letter of the The Legislation or The Regulations:

• No licence

• Wrong licence

• Unintentional HMO (yes: you’re still liable even if you didn’t know)

• Breach of Management Regulations

• Breach of Right to Rent

• Breach of Planning

• And many, many more

You could easily lose your “Fit and Proper Person” status.

Then you can’t hold ANY licences at all!

You could lose your entire business.

 

hUnintentional 
HMO?

Is your house or flat an unintentional House in Multiple Occupation?

It’s incredibly easy for your tenants to turn your single-let property into what is legally an HMO without you knowing!

You are then legally responsible for complying with ALL the HMO legislation!

  • You MUST comply with the HMO Management Regulations (fire doors, closers, smoke alarms, maintenance, grass cut, nothing in common-ways and 1,000 other requirements) 
  • You MAY be at risk of up to £30,000 Civil Penalty for not having an HMO licence if your property is in an “Additional Licensing” area

You are legally liable for massive Civil Penalty ‘fines’ for non-compliance!

And “I didn’t know” will get you nowhere. Many have appealed, NONE have won.

How can I tell if my property has become (or is at risk of becoming) an UNINTENTIONAL HMO?  

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Emergency 
Assistance

If you received any of these things recently, you have NO TIME TO WASTE:

Warning Letter from Council regarding maintenance, safety or fire

Notice of Breach of Management Regulations

Civil Penalty Notice

Court Summons

Prohibition Order

You could be in grave peril

Stop reading this page NOW and

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before it is too late!

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Get the RIGHT Licence
NOW!

It’s a bit of a minefield! 

Does your property need a Mandatory HMO licence? The rules changed on 1st October 2018 and now hundreds of thousands of shared lets NOW NEED LICENCES. Not having a licence opens you up to £thousands in fines.

Even if your shared house or flat doesn’t require a mandatory licence, your council may have designated YOUR PROPERTY as requiring an Additional Criteria HMO Licence. Again, the fines for non-compliance are massive.

In many Local Authority jurisdictions, large areas have been designated as EVERY RENTAL PROPERTY requiring a Selective Licence.

Got the Wrong Licence? Even if you THOUGHT you’d got the right licence, with the change of rules you MAY NOT HAVE. Guess what. They will hit you with Massive Fines for this too – because fining landlords appears to be a major council revenue stream.

 We can help you be sure you have the right licences. We can assist you to get your licence in place.

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AVOID £5k to £30k Fines

When 3 or more people share a property it is potentially a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

Every property that counts as an HMO is subject to the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation England Regulations 2006.

Fail on a few maintenance items such as furniture on the landing, blown light bulbs on the stairs, garden not tidy, and a host of seemingly small items can cost you massive Civil Penalty fines.

In fact any single failure or breach of your responsibilities under these Regulations for maintenance or management can land you a Civil Penalty fine generally between £5,000 and £30,000.

If your failures are to do with Fire Alarms, Fire Doors, or obstructions in the fire escape route; expect to get Civil Penalties in the £tens of thousands!

We can help you ensure that you are fully compliant with the Management Regulations

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 Over 5,000 pages of legislation to comply with

 How many of these have you read and fully understand?

Are you and your properties fully compliant?

  • Housing Act 2004 – 405 pages
  • The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation England Regulations 2006 – 6 pages
  • Housing and Planning Act 2016 – 312 pages
  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 – 60 pages
  • Defective Premises Act 1972 – 6 pages
  • HHSRS Housing health and safety rating system – 285 pages
  • Immigration Act 2014 (Right to Rent) – 216 pages
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – 68 pages
  • 362 LHAs Individual Civil Penalty Policies
  • LACORS – Fire Safety – 82 Pages
  • The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 – 12 Pages

We can help you be sure you you’re properly compying with all of this legislation and regulation.  

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You can LOSE your ability
to hold a licence

 If a Council finds you ‘guilty’ of breaching the Housing Act, the Management Regulations or a host of other legislation and regulation, not only can they issue Civil Penalties of up to £30,000 per breach, they can also take away your status as a ‘Fit and Proper Person.’

This means you can no longer hold any property related licence

In some areas this means you can’t hold an HMO licence.

But in Selective Licencing areas – it could mean you’re not able to rent out any property at all!

It could destroy your rental business completely.

We can help you with training and systems to ensure you don’t ever get into this situation. 

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FIRE!

As a Landlord the dreadful Grenfell Tower disaster should have highlighted that fire is an horrendous thing and we ALL have a responsibility to make sure our tenants, residents and occupants are safe.

Councils will take no excuses in relation to fire safety. Because you are putting people’s lives at risk!

If you do not have working smoke, heat and fire alarms, if you don’t have the correct fire doors or if there’s any sort of fire-related issue your Council will issue MASSIVE Civil Penalty Fines.

And, because residents’ lives are at risk, they can even close you down on the spot!

We can help you be compliant with all the appropriate Fire Regulations.  

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Don’t become a Council
Revenue Stream

 Just like Parking Tickets and Speed Cameras, Civil Penalties fines on Landlords are now a MAJOR revenue stream for impoverished councils.

So, they will issue a Civil Penalty for even the smallest of breaches and they usually start at £5,000 and just go upwards.

Many landlords are guilty and just pay

BUT many landlords are NOT GUILTY but pay up anyway because they don’t know HOW to fight the council.  You may not need to pay – Contact us NOW for help.

If you’ve had a Civil Penalty Notice, an Enforcement Notice, or have been threatened with one.

If you’ve had a letter or phone call from the council telling you of maintenance needing to be done.

Don’t waste time, CONTACT US FOR HELP before it’s too late.

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Get help BEFORE it’s too late

 Many Councils are waking up to the media coverage of poor and rogue landlords.

They are doing announced snap inspections of rental properties.

 They are not just going after the really bad landlords.

 They are going after low-hanging fruit, Councils need to be SEEN to get results and they need the financial income. And they no longer have to take you to court. They siply issue a Civil Penalty of up to £30,000 PER BREACH.

 That means decent and reasonable landlords LIKE YOU will be served Civil Penalties

 Many Councils now have a policy (just like parking tickets) where they just issue them whether or not they have full proof.

And then they expect Landords to just pay-up because they’re scared. 

But in many cases these Civil Penalties are not totally justified. We can help you to challenge Civil Penalties and only pay where you have truly broken the rules

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Landlords Defence Barrister Service

Sometimes things will have already gone too far.

You’re facing a PACE interview
You’ve been summoned to a court appearance
Or you’ve been given ‘notice’ of a very large civil penalty.

We have teamed up with some of the best property Barristers in the UK.

They are the country’s leading experts in the law relating to Housing Acts, Management Regulations and Enforcement. They are the country’s most eminent HMO and Property Barristers

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Letting & Management Agent Support

Lettings and Management Agents are suffering massive Civil Penalties and fines too.

Failures to obtain correct licences, failures to spot unwitting HMOs, failures against the HMO Management Regulations are leading to Letting and Management Agencies receiving Civil Penalties and fines of £8,000, £10,000, £20,000, and even £50,000 that we know of.

We are the experts in this nightmare of legislation and regulations and we can support you to avoid these fines AND get PROFITABLE new management contracts (backed by us and our expertise).

We believe in WIN-WIN and we’re here to keep you safe AND win extra business. Who wouldn’t want that?

We run trainings for your letting and management staff, your inventory agents and your maintenance contractors. It is so essential THEY understand – it’s the only way to keep you legal, decent and honest. (And not getting massive fines!)

We run ‘Your Responsibilities’ seminars and trainings on your behalf for your landlord clients and your prospects to help you win new business!  

Want to know more about how we can help you in this ever more complex legal jungle?

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Success Stories

Kedleston Road

Handled negotiations for the Client, a Tenant Company where the Letting Agent (as they so often do) was wrongly insistent on using an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, which was the incorrect agreement and not fit for purpose. (An AST is for individuals and not for Companies it is Housing Act 1.1 a. One ought to be able to expect better from Letting Agents!) Protracted negotiations, as we discovered as...

West London Company Let

The client was renting the residential property to a Company who help vulnerable young adults and was trying to ascertain if the property needed a licence. His tenant was a corporate company which was providing an immigrant orientation service and also providing their living accommodation.  On contacting us he had attempted to connect with the local Council a number of times to no response. ...

Battle of Hastings: Upper Tribunal Decision underlines end of Magic Money Tree for Rogue Tenants and their No Win/NoFee allies

17 Mar 2021 In a landmark decision, the Upper Tribunal (Lands) has confirmed that the judgement of the First Tier Tribunal that “Rent Arrears must be accounted for BEFORE rent is eligible to be reclaimed under a Rent Repayment Order (RRO).” This Judgement of the First-Tier Tribunal (in a case defended by Des Taylor of Landlord Licensing & Defence), and now upheld by the Upper Tribunal,...

Judge tears into Northampton Council’s Samantha Ling and her department

14 Jun 2021 In a shocking, and embarrassing for Northampton Borough Council (NBC),  determination by Judge Wayte of the First Tier Tribunal property, he went so far as to suggest that the landlord should make a claim for costs against the Council.  A move that is almost unheard of, such was his condemnation of Samantha Ling and her department. Ling’s department is well known as priding...

Newark and Sherwood

Prepared contractual agreement for the lease of residential property to be used for serviced accommodation. Defending landlord against Planning Contravention Notice issued by the Council for alleged change of use from C3 to Sui Generis without permission. Defended landlord against council allegation that Building Regulations had been contravened. Defended landlord against Environmental Health...

Rent Repayment Order Magic Money Tree is pretty much dead!

10 Aug 2020 by Des Taylor & Phil Turtle, Landlord Licensing & Defence “Rent Arrears must be accounted for BEFORE rent is eligible to be reclaimed under a Rent Repayment Order (RRO).” At a stroke, this Judgement of the First-Tier Tribunal (in a case defended by Des Taylor of Landlord Licensing and Defence) means that the no-win/no-fee become almost worthless for the lawyers, and far...

Solihull HMO

The property owner had owned the property for 20 years or so and two years previously had rented it to a corporation that had put 5 occupants into the property. From the 1st October 2018, all properties with 5 occupants, not all related, were required to have a Mandatory HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) Licence applied for by that date.  The corporation had agreed that it would carry out the...

Letting agent gives illegal HMO advice

16 May 2019 PLEASE SHARE WIDELY Des Taylor here.  I’ve just been working with a letting agent for a client and found the letting agent had a clear misunderstanding of what constitutes a HMO (House in Multiple Occupation). HMO is formed "when two or more households* occupy a dwelling and the number of occupants is three or more, then a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is formed. *...

Fire Alarm Manufacturer tells engineer to put tenants lives at risk

By Des Taylor 15 May 2019 One of Landlords Defence’s clients had an inconceivable situation yesterday with a major manufacturer of interconnected smoke and heat detector fire alarm units. Our client had found problems some days ago with the units not working properly on test and had the manufacturer sent some replacements via the post, (reassuring the client that although the faulty ones were...

Liverpool Council hands out 2,000 legal notices, 154 cautions, 89 civil penalty notices and 159 prosecutions

11 Apr 2019 A council has revealed the squalid conditions its inspectors have found when visiting rental properties as it looks to extend its landlord licensing scheme. Liverpool City Council has operated a city-wide selective licensing scheme since April 2015 but is now looking to extend it for five years when it expires in March 2020. Council officials say more rogue landlords have been...

Kingston Prohibition Order

Defending a Prohibition Notice for both the Owner and the Subletting Landlord and replacing the subletting Landlord with a more suitable fit and proper Landlord in order to have the prohibition order withdrawn The owner is an elderly man and his daughter was dealing with the property and had let it to a subletting Company who was the Subletting (Rent to Rent) Landlord. The Owner and Subletting...

20 Properties. No selective Licences.

A Landlord in the North West had been very ill and hadn’t been able to deal with the requirements of a Selective Licencing scheme introduced by his Local Authority and which affected 20 properties in his portfolio. The deadline was looming and he was unable to take action. We negotiated an extension of the deadline because of his illness and the fact that he had now appointed us to organise and...

Breaches of planning, overcrowding and licensing: all sorted with no casualties!

21 Oct 2019 Fantastic Morning, taking back a house for a long-established client from a company who had rented it for subletting, not telling the letting agent nor the landlord. None of the employees on the agreement ever lived there, last year it was found to be overcrowded with 10 occupants on a house only supposed to have 5 occupants and they had created a self-contained unit too. Breaches of...

Putney – An Unexpected Solution

A Landlord had purchased a property and wanted to know how to turn it into a HMO and operate it legally as serviced accommodation. It was an ex-council terraced property.   Turning it into a HMO had not been an issue, however the quality of works which had been undertaken to do so was incredibly bad and would not pass regulations under any circumstances. This owner had not been paying proper...

Brentford Developer

A property developer had decided to change a three-bed semi-detached house into a 6 bedroom all en-suite HMO. Initially we inspected the property at purchase and contributed to best practice and design aspects to comply with planning use under permitted development and HMO Licensing.  As an expense saver and ongoing economy we suggested the removal of gas at the property and use of...

Epsom Emergency Licence Application

It was 30th September 2018 at 4pm. This is highly significant because it was just 8 hours before new HMO licensing deadline of 1st October 2018. If an HMO application was not properly lodged by that deadline, significant Civil Penalty fines could apply. While the team was doing a HMO licence application on another property for this Landlord, he suddenly had the realisation that a house he was...

Letting Agent held to account by Landlords Defence

19 Jun 2019 11th June saw, for us, the first evidence of the Tenant Fee Ban (TFB) being misunderstood and a residential tenant being charged a £1000 holding deposit on a £1100 per calendar month rental starting 22nd June. On speaking with the tenants’ representative, consulting with the agent indirectly as a secret shopper, to confirm their misunderstanding, we engaged the tenant with the local...

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