Two landlords have paid a heavy price in separate cases for failing to comply with HMO regulations.
Sikander Hayat has been fined £9,500 after being prosecuted for blocking escape routes, failing to ensure that the fire alarm system was working, and failing to ensure a constant supply of electricity at one of his rental properties.
Hayat pleaded guilty to seven charges of failing to comply with HMO regulations in respect of a property in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Banbury Magistrates’ Court heard he also failed to make appropriate arrangements for disposal of refuse.
Hayat was prosecuted by Cherwell District Council and also had to pay the authority’s costs of £300.
In a second case, Graham Snowdon has been fined £10,000 by York magistrates for renting out an HMO without a licence.
The case was brought after a licensing enforcement officer visited the premises in April for an unannounced inspection and found eight tenants living over four floors.
The council said that the premises did not have an HMO licence and was lacking in fire detection and prevention equipment. Other amenities were below the legal standard.
As well as a £10,000 fine, Snowdon was also ordered to pay costs of £1,216.50 and a £15 victim surcharge.
Source: RLA News Service
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