Two East London landlords are facing fines totalling nearly £35,000 for operating unlicensed HMOs and failing to address breaches of The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006.
According to one of the cases heard recently at the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in central London, Woodland Properties Management Ltd was fined a total of £23,500 for failing to address issues at 14 Hamilton Road, Ilford, concerning anti-social behaviour, overcrowding and fire safety. The unlicensed property was operating as a brothel and multiple complaints had been received from local residents.
The other case concerned Shaista Habib of 63 Coleridge Avenue London E12 6RQ who was fined £11,250 for operating 2 Mayfair Avenue, Ilford, as an unlicensed HMO and for failures concerning fire safety and the property’s overall management.
The Leader of Redbridge Council, Councillor Jas Athwal, says: “These hefty fines should serve as a warning to those unscrupulous landlords who think they can profiteer by cutting corners. I’m pleased the First-Tier Tribunal recognised the severity of the breaches of regulations and the impact these have had on local people.
“We will continue to penalise those in the private rental sector who want to make a quick buck at the expense of tenants’ health and safety, while also causing anti-social behaviour problems for their neighbours.”