An unlicensed Landlord in Southall London has been fined £20k for his HMO (House in multiple occupation)
41 year old landlord Ajmeet Singh, who owned a shop with residential flats above, has been fined £17,900 plus costs of £2,000. A victim surcharge was also added to the penalty, bringing the total to £20,100 for failing to licence the property as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
He claimed that he was not aware of his licensing duties, Ealing Council argued that efforts had been made to raise the issue, and all had been ignored.
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.’