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Unlicensed HMO (Section 12)
Whether you've already received this notice, you know you're property has been raided but the council or you've just found out your property should have been licensed.
You could be in grave peril
You need specialised help before you self-incriminate and make things even worse for yourself.
Notice to Impose Civil Financial Penalty
If you received one of these you have NO TIME TO WASTE:
You are in grave peril
You need Professional Representation to fight these massive £10,000s of fines
Rent Repayment Order
Often the first you know is when the letter arrives from the First Tier Tribunal.
Your tenants are claiming back a full 12 months' rent. It could be £10-50,000.
The council or Shelter is probably helping them to claim it.
You need professional help and you need it immediately.
No firm fights harder for you than Landlord Licensing & Defence
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.
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.
Get help BEFORE it’s too late
Many Councils are waking up to the media coverage of poor and rogue landlords.
They are doing unannounced raids and 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
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.
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.
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.
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
If you need this immediate DON’T DELAY Click Here to act now
PHONE Landlords Defence now on
0208 088 0788
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?