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BTL landlord fined for breaching his licence

A landlord in County Durham has been ordered to pay just over £450 for breaching his licence.

Matthew Snowdon, of Cows Hill Road, Allenhead, failed to comply with the conditions of his licence for two properties on Thorpe Street, Easington Colliery, which come under the selective licensing designation, leaving Durham County Council with no alternative but to take action against the landlord.

Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court heard that Snowdon, of Cows Hill Road, Allenhead, did not notify the council of a change of tenant in both properties and he failed to produce tenant references on both occasions.

Instead Snowdon claimed that both properties were empty which was proved to be false.

He was ordered to pay a total of £452, including a £292 fine, £130 in costs plus a £30 victim surcharge.

Cllr Kevin Shaw, cabinet member for housing and assets, said: “We are committed to working with landlords to improve the standard of homes across the county.

“Selective licensing means that conditions are in place to allow the council to have a degree of control over those properties. This includes regulating the people who occupy them.

“Allowing someone to move into a property without suitably referencing them can severely undermine the licensing scheme. We want people to know that if landlords don’t abide by their licence conditions we will take appropriate action where necessary.”

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