Three landlords have been fined in Hyndburn, Lancashire – the first to be prosecuted under the local council's selective licensing scheme.
Suzanne Smith, Alastair Buchanan MacDonald and Brian Capstick were all fined for failing to obtain landlord licenses for their rental properties.
The landlords collectively incurred fines totalling almost £3000.
Hyndburn Borough Council introduced selective licensing in December 2012 in a bid to help tackle low housing demand and make sure landlords practice good property management.
The scheme requires all landlords in parts of Church, Kirk, Peel, Springhill, West Accrington and Woodnook to apply for a licence for each rental property they own.
Commenting on the recent prosecutions, Councillor Clare Cleary, Hyndburn's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “These prosecutions send a clear message to all landlords with homes in the designated area, that we are taking the selective licensing scheme very seriously. It’s about improving the lives of tenants and improving the area, and, where landlords don’t apply for a licence and fail to engage with us, it can mean facing a court summons.”
“The Private Rented Team is in the process of bringing further cases of this kind to Court. So if you are a landlord without a licence in this area, apply urgently, as these cases show, the consequences of renting a property without a licence can be extremely serious.”