Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Councils get tough on HMO regulation evaders

I have just seen two reports of landlords breaching the HMO regulations being fined.

In Redditch, Nadeem Asghar, (23), pleaded guilty to operating a house in multiple occupation and was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,071 costs.

In Loughborough Mohammed Tayaib Ali Chowdhury (age not given in the report) was fined a swinging £10,000 and £1,015 costs. His property, a three-story Victorian terrace in Toothill Road, Loughborough, was occupied as an HMO by nine adults and two children, without a license.

There seems quite a gap between the two awards, so either the Loughborough Magistrates are considerably harsher than those in Redditch, or there is something we have not been told.

Still, defaulting HMO landlords beware – it could be you next!

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