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Landlord fined for putting ‘safety, well-being and lives’ of tenants at risk

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,500 for renting out four houses in Nottingham without a license.

Dilip Gohil was penalised after failing to acquire HMO licenses for the properties, despite the fact that each house featured up to seven bedrooms.

Several health and safety issues were also uncovered at the properties, including one house which had no fire doors throughout the property, while the kitchen door did not have a handle and could not be closed.

At court, Gohil admitted seven breaches of the Housing Act, and received fines worth £4,750. He was also ordered to pay council costs of £1,519 and a government tax of £170, and was given three months to pay.

Under the terms of the conviction, Gohil may be denied licences for the four homes, ‘which would affect his income’, although the landlord was given credit for the guilty plea, as the punishment would ‘have been a lot more than that’, according to Joan Charlett, presiding magistrate.

Toby Neal, portfolio holder for community and customer services at the council, said: “We take licensing issues really seriously, since landlords who ignore them are putting the safety, well-being and lives of their tenants at risk. We will always prosecute where breaches are found as they were in this case.” 

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