A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay £7,400 after failing to obtain a license to rent out a property in North West London.

The unlicensed two-bedroom flat in Tunley Road, Harlesden, which would have cost £340 for a five-year selective licence, came to the attention of enforcement officers after the family complained to the council about their broken boiler.

The landlord, Errol Roy Thompson, claimed that he had begun to fill out an application for a selective licence in June 2016 but had failed to complete and pay the licence fee.

Thompson of Harpenden Close, Bedford, pleaded not guilty at the first hearing in August last year but changed his plea to guilty at the trial at Willesden Magistrates Court.

Cllr Harbi Farah, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said: “Mr Thompson was also sent a letter which specifically told him his property required a selective license. His failure to pay £340 has resulted in fines of more than £7,000 and a criminal record.

“The law is clear that any landlord who rents out a property in Harlesden, Willesden and Wembley Central needs a selective licence.”

Brent Council has won 125 prosecution cases against rogue landlords, agents and sub-letters since 2016. The convictions have resulted in more than £730,000 in fines.

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