A landlord who put his tenants in danger has been forced to pay almost £25,000 in fines and costs.
Alan Lempriere was sentenced at Hammersmith magistrates' court in London for offences dating back to 2013.
Lempriere allegedly repeatedly ignored requests from Hammersmith & Fulham council officers to inspect his property. Eventually the council officer investigating the case had to take drastic action to gain entry by executing a warrant.
Lempriere, of Herne Hill in south London, was fined a total of £20,000 for operating a house of multiple occupation without a licence since 2009; not carrying out gas or electrical safety checks; not complying with the council's requests for information about the property; not providing adequate smoke alarms or protected means of escaping from a fire; and not maintaining common areas affected by damp and mould.
He was also ordered to pay costs of more than £4,796 and a £120 victim surcharge.
This unscrupulous landlord chose to put his tenants lives at risk rather than live up to his responsibilities. This result should serve as a stern warning to landlords that shirking their obligations is unacceptable, criminal, and that the council will target those involved to ensure residents who rent are able to live in safe and decent homes says a council spokesman.