Landlord associations welcome local authority crackdown on rogue landlords

Article Posted -
15 Sep 2008

The Cornwall Residential Landlords Association (CRLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) have been quick to welcome the successful prosecution of a Newquay landlord who failed to apply for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence.

Restormel Borough Council believes this to be the first successful prosecution of its type in Cornwall and should serve as a warning to other rogue landlords who think they are above the law.

After an investigation and inspection by environmental health officers, the landlord’s property was determined to be a mandatory licensable HMO operating without a licence. In addition, there were a number of breaches of the HMO management regulations, including a defective fire detection system. The prosecuted landlord was awarded a 12-month conditional discharge to run concurrently in respect of each offence.

David Salusbury, Chairman, NLA, commenting on this latest prosecution, said:

"Restormel Borough Council has made it clear they value the contribution made by licensed and well-managed HMOs. However, the financial and reputational risks of not applying for the correct licence are substantial. I do not understand why landlords continue to take their chances when local authorities are now more determined than ever to encourage tenants to come forward with their concerns."

John Poole, Chairman, CRLA, highlighting landlords’ responsibilities, said:

"There is no doubt that some of the legislation covering HMOs and their licensing requirements is complicated. But I’m afraid ignorance of the law can be no excuse. We are talking about the safety and well-being of individuals and families and rogue landlords must get their houses in order.

"Any landlord unsure about their responsibilities with regard to HMOs should seriously think about joining a reputable landlord association as soon as possible. Rent repayment orders can be imposed upon a convicted landlord who has not complied with the HMO rules. But it is the real risk to tenants which should make the professional and law-abiding landlord seek the appropriate licence."



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