Landlord who is barrister hit with bill of nearly £5,000 after HMO breach

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A barrister has been ordered to pay £4,740 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching management regulations at a three-storey property.

Lewis Perry, 39, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court to failing to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching management regulations. He was fined £3,500 plus told to pay £1,120 full costs and victim surcharge of £120.

Perry is a barrister and head of Southall Chambers, one of whose areas of work include regulatory and landlord/tenant work.

The property did not have an HMO licence, nor mains powered interlinked fire alarms or heat detectors in the kitchens. It also lacked fire doors or emergency lighting to the escape route.

Cllr Peter Griffiths, Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for housing and homes, said: “As a barrister working with landlords and tenants, Perry should have been aware of his legal responsibilities to license and install fire precautions.

“I am glad that we have been able to bring this landlord to justice through our specialist work on rogue landlords.”

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