Council prosecutes landlord without HMO license

07 Dec 2016

Stevenage Borough Council has prosecuted a landlord for failing to have a license for two houses in multiple occupation (HMO).

Mr Paul Miell pleaded guilty at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Friday 2 December to not having an HMO licence for two properties. He was fined £4,000 for each property without a license, and was ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge and the council’s legal costs of £1,818.37.

The council’s Environmental Health team had asked Mr Miell to carry out works at one of the properties to make it suitable for a single family and warned him that if he re-let the house as a HMO he would need to carry out further work and gain a license. 

Mr Miell was deemed by the Magistrates to be putting tenants’ lives in danger by not having licences for the properties, but they gave him a lesser fine for pleading guilty at an early stage.
Cllr Sherma Batson, Executive Member for Safer Communities and Equalities, said: “Not carrying a license is a serious offence so if you rent out a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Stevenage make sure you have one as you could be putting tenants’ lives in danger. I would encourage residents or landlords to come forward if they know of someone who doesn’t carry a license as we will take action.”

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