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BTL landlord ordered to pay £1,200 for unlicensed HMO

A buy-to-let landlord in Lincolnshire been ordered to pay just over £1,200 following a breach of HMO licensing rules. 

Nicholas Moyses allowed several people to live in an unlicensed HMO on Vikings Way in Spalding, PE12, which is why he was eventually penalised. 

Moyses was brought  Boston Magistrates Court for failing to comply with several requests by South Holland District Council to ensure that he attained the necessary HMO licence for the house. 

Following the landlord’s failure to respond to the council about whether or not the property was being used as an HMO, an inspection was carried out on 27 June by the council's private sector housing team, who were able to confirm that the property still had multiple occupancy, with six bedrooms in total.

Moyses was found guilty in his absence of failing to licence his property and was fined £750, together with a victim surcharge of £75 and costs of £380. This made a total amount payable of £1,205.

Cllr Christine Lawton, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for housing and health, commented: "This prosecution highlights our continued commitment to ensuring that residents across South Holland are kept safe from unlicensed and unsafe landlords.

"Results like this are only possible through the hard work of the council's entire housing team, who regularly monitor properties in the district and are able to take swift and decisive action when it is required.

"Homes need to provide tenants with a healthy and safe environment to live in, and the licensing is a crucial part of us being able to monitor this and ensure that these necessary standards are met. The legislation exists for a reason and we will not hesitate to take action against anyone who does not comply with it."

  • Paul Barrett

    There are hundreds of thousands of LL who are letting illegally because they haven't applied for a new HMO licence for 5 or more occupiers.
    These properties tend to be in what let us say could be described as diverse areas which tend to have a propensity to have large numbers of EU migrants from the A8 countries.
    It isn't easy to detect these properties.
    Of course it would be a lot easier if there was a cheap National LL Licensing scheme.
    No licence number then no letting allowed.

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