Unlicensed HMO landlord handed hefty fine
A UK landlord who was found guilty of letting out a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without the appropriate licence has been fined £36,000.
Abdul Mukit, Milton Keynes, found himself facing a legal battle after his Northampton buy-to-let property was visited by housing officers from the local council, who discovered a number of health and safety issues with the dilapidated home.
According to a report in the Northampton Chronicle, inspectors stumbled across obstructed fire exits, electrical safety issues and poorly maintained communal areas – which resulted in Mr Mukit being served an improvement notice.
The buy-to-let landlord failed to comply with the notice and later found himself in Court, where he told magistrates that he ‘did not have enough money’ to sufficiently improve the property, despite receiving regular income from three separate buy-to-let homes.
Mr Mukit pleaded guilty to several charges, which also included a failure to apply for a HMO licence.
As a result of this, he was ordered to pay a £36,000 fine, on top of costs of almost £3,000 and a victim surcharge of £170.
Commenting, Councillor Stephen Hibbert said: “Most landlords in Northampton are excellent, keeping their properties to a good standard and ensuring that, if their properties require a HMO licence, they are licensed on time.
“The level of fines [in this case] reflect how seriously magistrates considered these breaches to be.”