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Fine of only £550 for failing to act on council prohibition order

A landlord has been fined £550 after failing to take action from a prohibition order issued by a council.

West Lindsey authority issued the order in November requiring the landlord’s property to be improved or vacated by December 2015 due to its poor condition and the need for remedial works to be undertaken.

Inspections by council officers found that the property was still being let despite the order being in place and the required improvements not being made.

The landlord, Richard Barratt, was fined £550 - the council says the fine could have been £830 but was reduced for the early guilty plea. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £56 and the council’s costs of £335. 

A spokeswoman for the council says this is “an excellent result.”

The council introduced a Selective Licensing Scheme for part of its area earlier this month, requiring every property to let to have a five-year licence, costing £375. 

The authority says failure to have a licence will be a criminal offence and will result in prosecution with fines of up to £20,000. Once issued, failure to comply with the conditions of the licence can also lead to a fine of up to £5,000.

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