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Barrister who turned out to be a rogue landlord is brought to justice

A barrister, who often represented landlords and tenants, has been fined for breaking the law, after it turned out that he had failed to obtain an HMO licence for his own rental property in Birmingham, while also allowing tenants to live in a house without mains powered interlinked fire alarms or heat detectors in the kitchen.

Lewis Perry was ordered to pay £4,660 at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday, after pleading guilty for failing to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching management regulations at the three storey property on Hunton Road in Erdington.

The landlord, who is also a barrister and head of a chambers whose work involves both regulatory and landlord/tenant work, was fined £3,500 with £1,120 full costs and victim surcharge of £120.

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for housing and homes, Cllr Peter Griffiths, said: “As a barrister working with landlords and tenants, Perry should have been aware of his legal responsibilities to license and install fire precautions.  I am glad that we have been able to bring this landlord to justice through our specialist work on rogue landlords.”

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