A landlord in Reading was recently fined a staggering £23,000 for failing to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) license. A man residing in Home Farm Close, had contested the fine he received in July of the previous year, claiming that his tenant had sublet his property unlawfully and without his knowledge.
However, the fine was upheld after former tenants confirmed that they had rented rooms directly from this person and paid him rent.
This man had previously received a notice for a different property, which he also claimed had been unlawfully sublet. He paid a penalty notice for that property.
The appeal was heard at the First Tier Tribunal on February 23rd at The Holiday Inn on Basingstoke Road. Following an unsuccessful appeal, the man was ordered to pay a total cost of £22,861 to the Reading Borough Council.
Reading Council has also issued a warning to any and all landlords that own properties with five or more occupants to have a HMO license. Financial penalties of up to £30,000 can be issued by the council, as an alternative to prosecution, where there is sufficient evidence, and it is in the public interest to do so.
Did you know that having a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) license is crucial for your rental properties? And the law.
It helps ensure the safety and well-being of your tenants by enforcing minimum standards for the property, such as fire safety regulations and adequate living space.
It also helps prevent overcrowding and promotes responsible management practices.
Don't risk legal and financial penalties - make sure your rental properties have the proper HMO license!