Landlord hit with £12,000 fine for unlicensed HMO
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal
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A Manchester landlord has been fined £12,000 for renting a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) without a license.
Edward David Murray continues to rent the three-storey property on Rippingham Road in Old Moat.
Despite continued efforts by Manchester City Council to get the 47-year-old to fill in a licensing application, such as offering several extensions to the deadline, the landlord failed to comply.
A HMO licence is legally required for any property that has three or more floors, five or more tenants, forming two or more households who use shared facilities.
The scheme was introduced to better regulate the highest risk properties in the private rented sector and ensure a common high standard for tenants – including improved property management, improved property condition and high fire safety standards.
Cllr Sue Murphy, the council's deputy leader, said: “Landlord licensing is in place to ensure the best possible safety standards for tenants and a consistent high quality in the private rented sector – and when landlords flout legislation they put their tenants lives at risk.
“Properties managed by poor landlords can easily blight communities and put tenants’ lives at risk so we are pleased the courts recognise the seriousness of the offence and imposed a fine fitting to the circumstances of the offence.”
Murray, of Parkwood Road, Baguley, was fined £10,000 by the magistrates for operating a HMO without a licence, ordered to pay £1,550.83 court costs and a £120 victims of crime surcharge.
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