General practitioner fined after HMO licence breach
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal, Local Government
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A general practitioner from Carmarthenshire has been prosecuted for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation.
Lestyn Glynog Davies was fined £1,800 at Cardiff Magistrates' Court for the breach.
Under the Housing Act 2004, HMOs require a licence to ensure they meet all the required health and safety requirements.
An HMO application form was sent to both owners of the property on Tewkesbury Street in Cathays, including Davies' father, John Glynog Davies, a councillor representing Quarter Bach in Carmarthenshire.
Following their failure to comply, a following investigation confirmed that the letting agent, Luckey Lettings, didn’t manage the property with the rack rent sent directly to the two owners. Cardiff Council then proceeded with legal action.
Councillor Bob Derbyshire, cabinet member with responsibility for regulatory services, said: “The council has tried on a number of occasions to get the owners to comply with the law.
"Following their failure to do so, they were under the impression that due to their position in society they shouldn’t be prosecuted. The law is in place for a very good reason, to ensure that health and safety requirements are met and applies to everyone.”
Summing up the case, the chair of the bench Mrs Una Scott told the defendant: “You had opportunities to deal with the application for a HMO licence over four years and didn’t. It is your responsibility. It is a profitable hobby for you. Legislation is there to protect inexperienced young persons/students in this type of housing."
The charge against co-owner cllr John Glynog Davies was withdrawn after it materialised that he had no direct dealings with the home.