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Repeat offender landlord gets fine for not licensing properties

A landlord has been ordered to pay £3,928.44 after failing to licence two properties he has been letting out in Nottingham. 

Jaswinder Singh was found guilty of two offences under Sections 72 (1) and 85 (1) of the Housing Act 2004 – Selective and Additional Licensing. 

A Court heard that the council has previously taken action against Singh in January 2019, when he was convicted of breach of HMO management regulations and obstruction of council officers in the performance of their duties under the Housing Act 2004.


The local authority says the purpose of the licensing schemes is to make sure the properties are suitable for living and ensure all landlords and managers are ‘fit and proper’ and their management structures and funding arrangements for the property are suitable.




A statement from the council adds: “We will always try to work with landlords to make sure their properties are licensed; however, we won’t hesitate to take strong action against those who purposely fail to licence their properties.

“Our licensing schemes help to ensure that tenants live in homes that are to a good standard, which everyone deserves. I hope this puts out a message to other property agents, companies and landlords that if they don’t work with us to licence their properties, then they could face prosecution.”

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    Our laws don't apply to this gentleman ?


    Penalty sounds a bit low. My Glasgow HMO licenced flats (compulsory for more than 2 unrelated adults sharing) cost around £3k for fire doors, smoke alarms etc. and £2k for the initial 3 year licence. Licence renewals every 3 years cost £953 and smoke alarms need annual checks along with annual PAT tests and 10 year replacements.

    This fine sounds like much less than law abiding landlords are paying on an ongoing basis.


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