A university lecturer was fined £2,000 after admitting house in multiple occupation (HMO) flats to students without a licence and other property offences.
Dr Obas Ebohon, 58, of, Leicester, appeared before the city’s magistrate’s court charged with four offences relating to a HMO rented to seven tenants.
Ebohon, a lecturer at the city’s De Montfort University, also pleaded guilty to failing to maintain boundary walls and to keep windows and ventilation in good repair.
Ebohon was reported to the council by a tenant who suspected he did not have a HMO licence.
Ebohon’s solicitor Shabir Mirza said Ebohon had thought the letting agent, IPS Leicester, was responsible for the upkeep of the house.
Ebohon was fined £1,500 for failing to apply for a HMO licence, and £500 for failing to display his contact information at the property.
He was given a conditional discharge for the other two offences.
Ebohon was also told to pay £1,145 costs.
Letting agents IPS Leicester have pleaded not guilty to seven charges in relation to the property and will face trail in January.
Solicitor let out shoddy bedsits
Solicitor Grace France was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £3,807 costs for failing to comply with an improvement notice demanding she should improve the standard of shoddy bedsits let to tenants.
France changed her plea during her trial at St Helens Magistrates’ Court, Merseyside, to admit the charge.
The judge heard how over four years, the council had tried to coax France into making repairs at six bedsits in an HMO she owned without success.
Landlord loses HMO licence
A landlord found guilty of operating an HMO without a licence has lost his “fit and proper person” status.
Blackpool Magistrates heard the case against Raymond Baguley, 58, in his absence.
He was found guilty of failing to licence the HMO and was fined £750 with £425 costs.
The decision also means that Baguley is no longer “a fit and proper person” to hold a licence and must nominate someone else as an interim licence holder until the property is re-licensed.