Landlord didn’t have licence for multiple occupancy
A SKEGNESS landlord has pleaded guilty to operating a property as a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) without the required licence.
In January, officers from East Lindsey District Council visited the property at at 34 Grosvenor Road, and discovered it was operating as a HMO.
Although the property met the licensing criteria and required licensing under the Housing Act 2004, the joint owners Mr and Mrs Vincent had failed to contact the council to apply for the required licence.
The inspection also found serious issues with the three-storey property regarding the lack of fire precaut-, putting tenants’ lives at risk.
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Due to the ‘imminent risk of serious harm’ to the occupiers of the property the council served an Emergency Prohibition Order that required the tenants to leave the property immediately, and prevented the owners from allowing anyone to move into the property until improvements had been carried out.
Failing to apply for a licence for a HMO which meets the licensing criteria is a criminal offence and the council prosecuted Mr Vincent, on August 2 at Skegness Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty and was fined £4,500. In addition he was ordered to pay costs of £1,950.
Although this is the first prosecution of this type by ELDC, officers are proactively checking for properties operating in this manner and action will be taken against landlords found to be operating illegally. Any landlord that is unsure if their HMO requires a licence, can contact the council’s housing standards team on 01507 601111.