A buy-to-let landlord has been fined £1,000 for renting out a property in Peterborough without a licence which he was legally obliged to obtain under the city council’s selective licensing scheme.
Council officers visited the property on Gladstone Street after receiving a tip off that it was being let without a licence.
A SaferPeterborough Prevention and Enforcement Service officer formally requested that the owner applied for a licence, in accordance with the Housing Act 2004. But despite several letters, the landlord, Azaad Rajub, failed to do so.
“Landlords, managing agents or tenants within the designated areas should obtain advice to ascertain whether their property is affected by the scheme by contacting the selective licensing team at the city council,” said Helen Blake, prevention and enforcement officer, who investigated the offence.
Rajub, who lives on Clarence Road in Peterborough, PE1, pleaded guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 27th September.
He received a fine of £1,000 and was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.
Rajub must obtain a licence for his property, which will now cost £900, instead of £50 or £600 had he applied when the scheme started.
This is the council’s sixth successful prosecution to date for the same offence by the SaferPeterborough Prevention and Enforcement Service in the past two months.
Councillor Irene Walsh, council cabinet member for communities, said: “This landlord is clearly in the minority with 6,800 applications received for licences.
“We would urge all landlords to ensure they are fully aware of all their responsibilities under the law, including our selective licensing scheme. It is not acceptable to rent out a property in a designated area without a licence.”