Unlicensed landlord must pay back £20,000 in housing benefit
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal, Local Government
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A landlord has been ordered to repay £19,958.84 in housing benefit for renting out five Salford houses without a licence.
Dean Weinberg, of Barnet, London, failed to obtain licences for the properties under the Charlestown and Lower Kersal licensing scheme introduced by Salford City Council in January 2011.
He received a year's worth of housing benefit to cover rent for the properties in Ventnor Street, Romney Street, Lydford Street, Milnthorpe Street and Blandford Road.
Weinberg did not attend the hearing and the decision was made in his absence.
The houses are still unlicensed and the council is considering further action.
Councillor Gena Merrett, assistant mayor for housing and environment, said: “We make it quite clear to landlords that licensing is a legal requirement and that we will take action if they fail to comply. This includes seeking repayment of any housing benefit claimed while the properties are unlicensed.
“We introduced licensing to improve standards for private tenants and make sure landlords are fit and proper to run those properties. Mr Weinberg failed to comply and has paid the price.”
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