David Kohali must pay what is thought to be Britain’s largest ever landlord fine of £190,000 plus costs after defying a council’s orders to stop letting out flats with planning permission.
Kohali was convicted of ignoring an enforcement notice issued by Islington Council, North London, for four years.
Magistrates handed him the massive fine and ordered him to pay £15,000 costs within three months and a confiscation order of £76,500 within 28 days.
The flats, in Hornsey Road, Holloway, were described as ‘insubstantial’ conversion of an outbuilding in court.
A landlord running an unlicensed shared house in multiple occupation (HMO) that failed fire and health safety checks was fined £12,000.
Hans Raj admitted letting a HMO in Oxford to six tenants without a licence and six HMO management offences at Oxford Magistrates Court.
He was fined the £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £870.
The court was told the fire escape route in the house was compromised because a safety door was missing and the stairs were a fire risk.
Magistrates also heard the property had mould growing on a bathroom ceiling, peeling paint, damaged plaster and damp problems.
Raj explained he was not aware the house required a licence.
The property is now in good repair managed by a letting agent.
Another landlord in Cambridge was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,500 for letting tenants live in an overcrowded HMO which was a fire risk.
After a visit from Cambridge City Council’s housing team, Maggiore Coppola was served with an improvement notice requiring him to put the problems right, which he failed to do.
He admitted five HMO management offences at Cambridge Magistrates Court.
Former Dreamboy male stripper Roy Jackson has admitted stealing £70,000 from landlords and tenants while running a property management company.
Jackson, 39, admitted a charge of false representation at Ipswich Crown Court and was remanded in custody pending sentencing.
Jackson has been in custody since his arrest at Stansted Airport, Essex, where he was thought to be fleeing the country after the theft was uncovered at Suffolk Lettings, Ipswich.
The firm closed without warning leaving landlords and tenants of 48 homes out of pocket.