Prop­erty owner to pay £20k for flout­ing law

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A rented prop­erty owner in Southall has been or­dered to pay more than £20,000 for man­ag­ing an un­li­censed house.

Ajmeet Singh, of Waver­ley Close, Hayes, pleaded guilty to man­ag­ing an un­li­censed house in mul­ti­ple oc­cu­pa­tion (HMO) in The Green, Southall.

A court heard that Mr Singh, who ran the shop be­low the un­li­censed HMO prop­erty, was un­aware of his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties re­gard­ing the ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Eal­ing Coun­cil, which ac­cused Mr Singh of a ‘fla­grant dis­re­gard for the law’, said it made ef­forts to raise the is­sue with the owner but he did not com­ply.

A HMO is a prop­erty rented out by at least three peo­ple who are not from one house­hold, such as a fam­ily, but share fa­cil­i­ties.

The 41-year-old was fined £17,900 and or­dered to pay costs of £2,000 and a vic­tim sur­charge of £200, com­ing to a to­tal of £20,100.

Mr Singh also pleaded guilty to three of­fences in breach of HMO man­age­ment reg­u­la­tions.

Pat Hayes, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor for re­gen­er­a­tion and hous­ing, said: “With all the in­for­ma­tion cur­rently avail­able about reg­u­la­tions for li­cens­ing and man­ag­ing pri­vate rented prop­er­ties, it is un­be­liev­able that any rep­utable owner would be un­aware of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“Mr Singh de­lib­er­ately chose to ig­nore is­sues raised by the coun­cil about the li­cens­ing and con­di­tion of the prop­erty and has re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant penalty for his bla­tant dis­hon­esty.

“The coun­cil is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing all res­i­dents in the bor­ough have de­cent, safe homes to live in.

“We will take ro­bust ac­tion against un­scrupu­lous land­lords who fail to com­ply with reg­u­la­tions and I hope this case sends a stark warn­ing to those who know­ingly break the law.”

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