Two landlords have been told to pay almost £1,800 – after failing to apply for a relevant licence.

Both Sarah Machin and Mohammed Ashraf failed to apply for the licence within a selecting licensing areas in Stoke-on-Trent.

The initiative had previously been rolled out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council with leaders claiming the scheme is aimed at raising the condition of rental properties.

And the authority has said it will continue to prosecute landlords owning homes in designated areas who fail to apply.

The prosecutions of Machin and Ashraf come as the council is seeking approval to roll out selective licensing to 14 new areas.

Machin, of Windermere Street, Hanley, was fined £1,016.91 for not licensing her rental property also on Windermere Street. She failed to attend the hearing at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court and was found guilty in her absence.

Meanwhile Ashraf, of Winifred Street, Hanley pleaded guilty to failing to apply for a licence for his rental property on Denbigh Street, Hanley

He was ordered to pay a fine and costs totalling £755.48.

The city currently has schemes around Hanley and Fenton with more planned. Critics have said the scheme punishes good landlords along with rogue ones and have called for the scheme to be halted until after the Government publishes a report on selective licensing in the spring.

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