Professional landlord Daniel Philpott must pay almost £14,000 in fines and costs for flouting shared house in multiple occupation (HMO) management regulations.
Philpott, 56, of Paignton, Devon, is reputedly runs Torbay’s second largest rental property portfolio – with 100 units of his own and managing at least 60 units for other landlords.
Torquay Magistrates convicted him of 14 HMO management charges. He was acquitted of two more and a third was dismissed during the hearing.
The charges related to fire and electrical safety breaches and poor maintenance.
After the hearing, Philpott said: “I am thinking about an appeal. I feel it came down to the fact I didn’t attend a council interview under caution and it was my legal right not to attend. I wasn’t aware of a lot of the problems until I was in court and I wasn’t given a chance to rectify them. It wasn’t fair.”
Student housing director before court
The managing director of Student Housing Northamptonshire was sentenced to six months jail suspended for a year, 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £850 costs for breaching fire safety rules at three HMOs.
Jason Berrington admitted five housing offences at Northampton Crown Court relating to licensing and management of HMO properties.
HMO landlord Ahmed Habane was fined £3,820 for failing to have a HMO license and breaching housing safety and maintenance regulations.
He was ordered to pay costs of £6,175 after admitting the offences at Bristol Magistrates Court.
The court heard five refugees and asylum seekers lived at the home, which was in a filthy state.
The catalogue of problems included:
- No cooker – just a microwave to heat food
- No hot water
- Dirty toilets and washing facilities
- Poor decorative repair throughout the house
- No working fire alarms and broken fire doors
Buy to let landlord benefits cheat
Estate agent Toni Wenlock, of Cawston, Warwickshire, must wear an electronic tag and obey a curfew for fraudulently claiming £4,900 in housing benefit while letting out a buy to let home she jointly owned where tenants paid £650 a month in rent.
Nuneaton Magistrates heard that she was a self-employed estate agent but still qualified for benefits – but would have had the claim rejected if Rugby Council had known about her additional income from the buy to let.