Wednesday 15th August 2018
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10/08/2018 - Landlord fined for failing to comply with licence conditions

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Alan Cotterill of Ellesmere Port, Simon Harrison of Waterlow Road, Dunstable, director of Homes4U Wolves Ltd, were all found guilty in Luton Magistrates Court of offences related to a breach of a licence they had been granted by the council.


Alan Cotterill of Ellesmere Port, Simon Harrison of Waterlow Road, Dunstable and the company of which he was a director, Homes4U Wolves Ltd, were all found guilty in Luton Magistrates Court of offences related to a breach of a licence they had been granted by the council.  

The property at 27 Stanley Street, Luton owned by Cotterill and managed by Harrison’s company, had been granted a licence for a house in multiple occupation (HMO). On inspection, officers discovered that some of the conditions in the licence had been broken, including:
  • the number of tenants exceeded those permitted
  • the fire alarm was not maintained in working order
  • failing to provide a gas certificate
Both defendants were ordered to pay £250 costs. Cotterill was fined £1,825 in total and Homes4U £1,785.

In sentencing, the District Judge highlighted the fact that the above failures were extremely serious and therefore had the potential to cause a significant threat to the safety of occupants. He stressed that any failings were the joint responsibility of both owner and manager of the property.
 
Councillor Tom Shaw, portfolio holder for housing, said: "This conviction sends out a really strong message to landlords. Even if they have the correct documentation it is not simply enough to hide behind a piece of paper.
 
“From the moment a licence is granted, there is an expectation that every condition in it will be rigorously met. Conditions are there for a reason and if they aren’t complied with, we will take action.”
 
Follow this link for details of previous prosecutions.
 
Being a landlord carries with it significant legal responsibilities and this successful action is yet another achievement of our Rogue Landlord Project, a partnership between Luton Council, the Fire Service, the Police, the Home Office, Citizens Advice Luton and Luton law Centre,  which aims to protect tenants and prevent them being ripped off by unscrupulous individuals.
 
Particular targets of the programme are landlords who run houses in multiple occupation without the appropriate licence. If you suspect someone does not have the necessary documentation. It is easy to check on a specific property. You can see a full list of registered HMOs here.
 
Residents can report concerns by emailing HMO.hotline@luton.gov.uk or calling 01582 547222 in complete confidence.
 
Anyone operating an HMO without the appropriate licence, is committing an offence and risks a criminal record and an unlimited fine on summary conviction.  Find out more information about HMO licensing.
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