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Four landlords collectively fined over £200k for unlicensed properties

Four landlords in Gainsborough have been heavily penalised after failing to comply with West Lindsey District Council’s selective licensing scheme.

The quartet have been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling just over £232,000 for 15 offences of failing to comply with selective licensing.

The biggest fine of £108,000 was handed to landlord, Jagdish Singh, 59, of Southernhay Road, Leicester, after he pleaded guilty to ‘failure to licence’ eight of his properties, receiving a fine of £13,500 per offence.

Singh also pleaded guilty to three offences relating to the failure to comply with improvement notices and fined a further £4,500 for each offence and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.

According to Gainsborough Standard, the other three defendants who also live on Southernhay Road, Leicester, jointly own several of the unlicensed properties with Singh.

Gurjit Singh and Balbir Kaur, both of which have previous ‘failing to licence’ offences, were fined £15,000 for two offences each and ordered to each pay costs of £1,048.56, plus £170 surcharge. 

Harpal Bindra Singh, who has also been previously convicted for failing to license a property, was fined £15,000 per offence. He was also found guilty for one failure to comply with an improvement notice and given the maximum £5,000 fine and ordered to pay costs of £1048.56, plus £170 surcharge.

The landlords will also now have to operate within certain conditions when it comes to the letting and management of their properties in the district over the next 10 years, after West Lindsey District Council successfully applied for Criminal Behaviour Orders on all the defendants. 

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