A company that houses asylum seekers has been fined more than £60,000 for HMO offences in Newport.
Clearsprings Ready Homes, which has the contract for operating accommodation for asylum seekers in Wales, was found guilty of letting an HMO in Redland Street (pictured), in the Brynglas area of the city, without a licence.
The firm, which has a registered business address in Rayleigh, Essex, was found to have failed to comply with the requirements of a housing notice when it didn’t produce requested documents without a reasonable excuse.
The company also failed to comply with management regulations; Newport Magistrates Court heard that it had not ensured firefighting equipment and fire alarms were maintained in good working order. It received fines totalling £60,586 and must pay up by 26th November.
Clearsprings Ready Homes has a mixed portfolio of 1,500 owned and leased properties across the UK, from large HMOs and hostel style accommodation to small studio apartments. It is registered as having six other HMOs in the Newport area.
The company offers landlords a fully-managed service with long-term lets, guaranteeing no void periods, fixed monthly rental payments at current market rates and a full repairs and maintenance service for occupant damage.
Its website says: “We are a business that prides itself on providing value for money, quality and transparency in a package that meets the needs of our customers whilst complying with the stringent standards demanded by our contracts and local authority legislation.”
The firm declined to comment on the ruling.