A landlord’s company has been left with a bill of over £14,000 for letting unlicensed flats in north London.
Appearing at Highbury Magistrates Court, Landhouse Ltd pleaded guilty to operating a licensable house in multiple occupation without a licence in Islington’s Holloway Road.
The company was fined £12,700, and ordered to pay Islington council’s legal costs of £1,320 as well as £120 victim surcharge.
An inspection by the council’s environmental health officers found the property to be overcrowded and poorly managed with evident fire hazards.
“With more and more people renting privately, we’re committed to helping residents make sure they have decent homes to live in. The majority of landlords act entirely within the law, but we will pursue and take action against those who don’t” says a council spokesman.
Since September last year, Islington council has extended HMO licensing requirements to cover all HMOs on Holloway Road and Caledonian Road including all rented properties occupied by three or more people in more than one household and certain converted properties.