A letting agency that failed to apply for House of Multiple Occupation licences at three properties in Birmingham has been fined £8,000.
Ultrabarn failed to apply for licences for three properties in Erdington and Sutton Coldfield. The company was fined £1,500 for each of the three offences, plus £500 each for seven breaches of HMO management regulations. They were also ordered to pay full costs of £2,631 and a victim surcharge of £120.
At one property the letting company failed to ensure the means of escape from fire was maintained, and there were holes in the ceiling around service pipes. It also failed to ensure firefighting equipment and fire alarms were in good working order.