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Landlord fined £10,000 for failing to license property

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Hastings Borough Council for failing to license his rented property in Surrey.

Philip Dempsey of Malden Road in Surrey failed to license a property at 156 Bohemia Road between 26 October 2015 and 19 June 2017, despite the fact that the property falls within one of the seven wards in the borough which are required to be licensed under the council’s selective licensing scheme.

Dempsey was found guilty in his absence at Hastings Magistrates Court as he chose not to attend the hearing, and was fined £10,000 with £432 costs and a £170 victim surcharge.

Cllr Andy Batsford, lead member for housing, commented: “Our selective licensing scheme is designed to promote good tenancy practice in the private rented sector and to ensure that licenced properties have a positive impact on the area.

“We can protect tenants by improving living conditions, and landlord standards of management. We welcome the court’s decision which supports our work.” 

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