Steer Clear Of Landlord Fines

Steer Clear Of Landlord Fines

4th December 2017


A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,500 for renting out four houses in Nottingham without a license.

Dilip Gohil was penalised after failing to acquire HMO licenses for the properties, despite the fact that each house featured up to seven bedrooms.Several health and safety issues were also uncovered at the properties, including one house which had no fire doors throughout the property, while the kitchen door did not have a handle and could not be closed.

At court, Gohil admitted seven breaches of the Housing Act, and received fines worth £4,750. He was also ordered to pay council costs of £1,519 and a government tax of £170, and was given three months to pay.

Related imageUnder the terms of the conviction, Gohil may be denied licences for the four homes, ‘which would affect his income’, although the landlord was given credit for the guilty plea, as the punishment would ‘have been a lot more than that’, according to Joan Charlett, presiding magistrate.

 

As a landlord, adhering to the current legislations is crucial as major fines and even prison sentences are the penalties that inexperienced or naive landlords can face… Why not attend a Property Circles Network event to make sure you’re up to date with current legislations. Head to our events page or email enquiries@propertycirclesnetwork.com to find out when we are next in your local area.