02 Nov 2022

Five-figure civil penalty served on rogue landlord

A landlord has paid a £12,400 civil penalty after failing to license their HMO.

In March this year officers from West Northamptonshire council attended the property under a Housing Warrant following complaints from the public.

The inspection found that the three-bedroom property was being occupied by four people from four separate households. This made the property a licensable HMO under the council’s Additional Licensing regime.

A council spokesperson says: “From some of the images captured at this address, it is clear the landlord had little regard for the safety of their tenants.

“The complaints from the public also make it obvious that there was a distinct lack of respect for their neighbours and the local community.

“The [council] housing team cannot visit every property, but this case demonstrates that we will take action when members of the public contact us with their concerns.”

The inspection also identified offences under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 relating to the provision of information regarding the landlord or properties, maintenance of means of escape from fire, and maintenance of communal living areas.

The conditions found during the inspection were determined to be so hazardous, an Emergency Prohibition Order was served declaring the property unsuitable for habitation.

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