A buy-to-let landlord in Telford has been fined £1,000, ordered to pay £2,183 costs and a £100 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to creating false tenancies to avoid paying council tax on vacant properties.
Satinderjit Singh Thiara, who co-owns letting agency First 4 Let (Telford) Ltd, produced two false tenancy documents for a property in Burtondale, Brookside; one for a tenant who had left, the other for someone who did not exist.
He also submitted a 12-month tenancy agreement for a property in Dallamoor, Hollinswood, in the name of a couple after they had left.
The idea behind the false tenancy agreements was to make the people who were illegally named in the documents liable for council tax that he should have paid.
Cllr Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for enforcement, commented: “Council tax evasion is very serious.
“I commend our investigation team within our audit and governance department for their hard work and diligence in bringing this case to court.
“Let this be a warning to anyone else thinking of doing it in the future.”