Unlicensed landlord fined for breach of HMO regs
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal, Local Government
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An unlicensed landlord has been prosecuted for non-compliance with House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) regulations.
Lewisham Council went after Mustafa Kemal Mustafa after he failed to apply for an HMO licence on a property in Millmark Grove, Brockley.
During an inspection, at least ten people were discovered to be living at the address, sharing an unfinished kitchen, bathrooms and occupying rooms not deemed large enough for the number of occupants.
Unrelated tenants were also found to be sharing rooms.
Mustafa maintained that the property was being used as a hostel providing temporary emergency accommodation.
Despite pleading not guilty, Mustafa of Briar Lane, West Wickham was convicted at Bromley Magistrates’ Court in February and fined £7,500. He was also ordered to pay £925 costs.
Councillor Susan Wise, cabinet member for customer services, said: "This prosecution will serve as a warning to unscrupulous landlords who fail to ensure their properties conform to legal requirements. The council will bring them to book to protect the health, safety and welfare of tenants living in private rented accommodation."
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