A Bedford landlord, Mr Balwinder Singh Chandi, has been fined £10,000, plus a victim surcharge of £170 and was ordered to pay costs of £2,356.33 – a total of £12,526.33 – after failing to make improvements.
The rogue landlord was owner of a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in village near Bedford and had been served with an Improvement Notice by Central Bedfordshire Council, as a result of poor living conditions at the property.
But despite fair warnings, Mr Chandi did not make the necessary improvements in the time the Council gave him, and so the Council took his case to Luton Magistrates Court on 18 December 2018, where he received the fine.
Cllr Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Adults, Social Care and Housing Operations said:
“Landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation must apply for a licence, which is in place to ensure that tenants are safe.
“Despite us requesting that improvements be made, the landlord carried on and has paid the price.”
Bedforshire Council says that landlords who fail to apply for a licence will be committing an offence which may result in a prosecution, criminal conviction and a large fine.
Find out more at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/housing