A Bristol landlord couple fined for breaching Bristol council’s new selective licensing scheme for the Easton’s Stapleton Road area.

The area around Stapleton Road of Easton is the first one in Bristol to be subject to its selective licensing scheme.

The landlord couple who rent out a number of properties in the Easton area of Bristol have become among the first landlords to be fined. These run into tens of thousands of pounds for breaching new licence regulations, designed to tackle rogue landlords.

Jagtar and Jagdish Kandola were convicted for a number of offences under the Housing Act and fined over £38,000 including costs by Bristol magistrates in their absence – they failed to turn up to trial.

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The special (selective) licensing scheme was brought into the Stapleton Road area of Easton three years ago to regulate what is recognised as an area dominated by rentals, and designed to improve conditions for tenants.

A spokesperson for Bristol City Council told the Bristol Post:

“It means landlords who rent out properties in that area have to obtain special licences and be subject to council regulations. The licences place conditions on the landlord or agent to ensure that minimum property standards are met and that good management practice is delivered,”

The Kandola’s, who own a number of properties in the Stapleton Road area, were found guilty of failing to obtain licences for the properties, and also guilty of failing to comply with notices requesting them to provide documents and information to the council.

Paul Smith, the council’s cabinet member for housing said:

“This is an issue the council take very seriously, and we were pleased to see that the fines handed out in this case reflect the nature of this problem.

“The council has set up licensing schemes to tackle poor quality management and improve the conditions of private rented properties in those areas.

“We will not tolerate poor quality accommodation being rented out to vulnerable households and will use the full force of the law to tackle poor housing conditions or landlords operating unlicensed properties,” he said.

“It is essential that landlords in the private rented sector with properties in the Stapleton Road area realise the importance of ensuring that their properties are licensed with the Local Authority.”

A second scheme in the Bristol areas of Eastville and St George is now also operational and landlords there have until the end of September to make applications to licence their rented properties. So far the councils says, 450 applications have been received.

Selective licensing standards in Bristol

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