More and more landlords and agents are being prosecuted under the HMO licensing regulations. For example, a report in the Sikh Daily Times mentions two cases under the HMO legislation in Manchester.
In cases heard 20 July 2009 at Leeds Magistrates Court, a landlord, Mrs Ghamar Gill, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,554. An inspection of her property revealed a lack of adequate fire precautions and the property had no fixed heating system which meant tenants had to rely on portable heaters. No doubt the Local Authority will have served an improvement notice on her in respect of this.
The other case involved an agent, Mr Qumar Javed of 2View Properties management company, who had taken over the management of a property on behalf of a private landlord and failed to license it. He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £828.
Whether you are a landlord or an agent, the legislation must be complied with. If you own or manage a property with more than five tenants and you don’t know if your property needs a license or not, have a word with someone at your local authority. You can find contact details via my Local Authority Directory.
Do you know of any landlords who have been prosecuted?