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Landlord fined just over £2,500 for unlicensed property

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £2,525 after failing to obtain a license for a shared house in Thurrock, Essex.

Adeola Makinde was found guilty at Basildon Magistrate’s Court of failing to licence her property in Norfolk Place, Chafford Hundred, RM16, which she operated as a house in multiple occupation (HMO).

Makinde ignored several requests from Thurrock Council to obtain a license for her property, leaving the council with little alternative but to take legal action.

An inspection by council officials in July last year found that 12 people were living at the property, despite the fact that it featured just four rooms and sharing a single kitchen.

The inspection also uncovered a lack of adequate fire safety measures, while the property itself was in a rather poor state.

Makinde was found guilty of six charges, including failure to licence the HMO, three breaches of HMO management regulations, failing to return information about the house, and failing to return documents.

Cllr Barry Johnson, who is responsible for housing at Thurrock Council, said: “We believe everyone should have a good quality place to live and will continue to take action against those landlords who fail to ensure their properties are safe, well managed and properly licensed.

“We are currently consulting on a proposed new additional licensing scheme which would mean more landlords who own shared houses and flats have to comply with national health and safety standards and local criteria.”

The consultation is available online until Monday 24th September.

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