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Landlord ordered to repay £3k received in housing benefit

Private landlord Pierce Mullally has been ordered to repay more than £3,000 for operating in Burnley without a proper licence.

He admitted managing a property in Baker Street without the required paperwork, which falls within the Trinity selective licensing area.

The prosecution was brought by Burnley Council and heard at the town’s magistrates’ court, after an application to the Northern Residential Property Tribunal for a rent repayment order in respect of housing benefit paid to Mullally was made.

Mullally failed to apply for a licence and the council successfully prosecuted him for having no licence for the property between January 2014 and October 2015. The tribunal was told that during that period a total of more than £3,000 in housing benefits was paid to Mullally.

The decision to prosecute Mullally is part of tough sanctions now being adopted in the area for landlords that avoid selective licensing being imposed by Burnley Council.

The council is now embarking on a programme of ‘naming and shaming’ license dodging landlords, having secured a plethora of other recent successful prosecutions against landlords.

Under the scheme, houses within designated areas are required to be licensed.

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