A landlord has been fined £2,500 for failing to licence a property that she had been renting out for several years without the necessary licence.
The property in Ilford is in an area subject to Selective Licensing, which requires properties occupied by a single family to be licensed.
Selective Licensing Scheme 1 was introduced in July 2017, and Selective Licensing Scheme 2 was introduced in October 2018.
Warning letters were sent to the landlord’s last known addresses; however, the property remained unlicensed.
A housing enforcement officer inspected the property in November 2018 and the property was occupied but unlicensed.
A council spokesman says: “The Selective Licencing Scheme has been in place in many parts of our borough for several years now to make sure local people have access to decent quality housing.
“I hope this sends a clear message to property agents, companies, and landlords that if they don't work with us to licence their properties properly, then they could face prosecution and a hefty fine.”