A landlord has been fined £6,000 for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation.
Wolverhampton council prosecuted Aunberin Saddique after it was discovered she was operating the property in the city without a licence.
Saddique pleaded guilty to the offence under the Housing Act 2004. She had previously been convicted of the same offence in relation to another HMO in 2012.
Dudley magistrates court issued Saddique with a £6,000 fine for the repeat offence and she was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,341 and a victim surcharge of £181.
Councillor Jacqueline Sweetman, responsible for housing, says:: “The council takes a strong stance on HMO licensing and I hope this case will serve as a stark reminder to private sector landlords that they must comply with the HMO rules.
“Where properties are found to be operating without the required licence, the council will take steps to secure a licence application and ensure the HMO is safe to live in.“
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