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A round up of recent court cases involving buy to let and house in multiple occupation (HMO) landlords

Cornwall Council

Adam Penpraze, of Penryn, admitted failing to comply with an improvement notice relating to repairing a damaged roof on a buy to let home following storm damage.

Bodmin Magistrates heard the tenant complained to the council that water leaked in and led to a ceiling collapsing.

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Penpraze was fined £700 and ordered to pay £1,628 costs

James and Janet Smyth, of Helston, admitted failing to comply with an improvement notice relating to health issues relating to excessive cold in a buy to let home in Camborne.

Truro Magistrates gave the pair an 18 month conditional discharge and ordered each to pay costs of £681

Jin Ming Cao, owner of a Chinese restaurant in Perranuthnoe admitted six house in multiple occupation (HMO) management offences at Truro Magistrates Court.

The offences concerned 10 tenants living in a seven bedroom flat above the restaurant and involved fire safety, a lack of a gas safety certificate and HMO licensing rules.

He was ordered to pay fines and costs of £24,000.

Enfield Council

Evangelos Evangelou, 38, of Edgware, North London, was sentenced after being convicted of offences relating to converting a house into bedsits without planning permission at an earlier hearing.

At Wood Green Crown Court he was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay costs of £6,914, and had £125,000 confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act to ensure he made no profit from renting the unauthorised conversion.

If he does not pay the confiscation order within six months, Evangelou faces a 27 month jail term

Salford Council

Liam Kelly, who lives in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, was convicted in his absence by Manchester magistrates for failing to repair a let property in Salford.

The court heard the property lacked proper fire safety equipment and was damp.

Kelly was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,180 costs

Waltham Forest Council

Shiraz Khan, of Walthamstow, East London, was convicted at Stratford Magistrates Court for converting a house into two flats without planning permission after pleading not guilty.

He was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,678 costs

Oxford City Council

Jeffeth Latchman, 49, of Garsington, Oxford, admitted letting out an unlicensed HMO in the city and five HMO management offences relating to the same property.

The unlicensed home was discovered when a tenant complained of poor living conditions, including an infestation of cockroaches.

Oxford magistrates fined Latchman £4,500 and ordered him to pay £815 costs.

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