A buy-to-let landlord appears to have been let off paying fees of around £16,700 to license 37 rental properties in Stoke-on-Trent, but it is not clear why.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is currently operating a selective licensing scheme in part of Fenton, which requires all landlords to be licensed. But council chiefs have refused to explain why the landlord with dozens of properties in the local area, which the authority has refused to confirm the identity of, has been let off paying the licensing fees.
Landlords in selective licensing areas usually face prosecution and the prospect of a fine if they fail to obtain a license. But instead of take action against the unlicensed landlord, Stoke-on-Trent City Council says it was not in the ‘public interest’ to prosecute the individual, but will not explain why.