FINED FOR BREACHING HMO LICENSING CONDITIONS

The Nottingham Post (Monday 21 July 2014) has reported that ...

'Landlady Permjit Balvinder Kau has been fined nearly £2,000 for breaching licensing conditions.

The 57-year-old, of Highbury Close, Nuthall, was charged with two breaches of a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licence.

At Nottingham Magistrates' Court, on Wednesday, July 16, the breaches were admitted.

She was fined £1,846 and was ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge and costs of £1,1161.

The HMO licence issued to her had added conditions preventing the use of the cellar at a property in Douglas Road, Nottingham, as a lounge, as it did not have an acceptable means of escape if there was a fire. 

The licence also limited the number of residents to six. 

An investigation by the environmental health HMO team at community protection at Nottingham City Council found there were seven people living there and that the cellar was still being used as a lounge putting tenants at risk.

Councillor Dave Liversidge, portfolio holder for Community Safety said: “Every citizen has the right to live in a safe and healthy home; this is a priority for Nottingham City Council. Just one of the ways of ensuring their safety is tackling landlords who provide unsafe or substandard accommodation.”

Duncan Newbutt, Operations Manager for HMO team at Community Protection, said: “This is the first prosecution in Nottingham for the breach of licence conditions and is a direct result of the continual hard work of the HMO team here at Community Protection. 

"The team also proactively inspect HMOs to check on compliance to licence conditions as part of the regular work delivered by this team."

NOTE: Nottingham  City Council's campaign encouraging tenants (and others) to report rogue landlords with poorly managed and maintained properties. For further information visit:

www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/roguelandlord

To report a rogue landlord, or to discuss any issues relating to HMOs, you can either:

e-mail hmo@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

or telephone Nottingham (0115) 915-2020.