A series of prosecutions of rogue landlords by a London council has also seen a so-called ‘property manager’ fined a four-figure sum.
One rogue landlord was ordered to pay more than £40,000 for failure to licence a flat above commercial premises in a Brent council selective licensing scheme.
A court heard evidence of broken windows, damp and mould on walls, broken electrical sockets, insufficient heating and gaps in the front door allowing cold air, rain and vermin to enter the property.
Bernard Patrick McGowan was ordered to pay £41,488 - a £40,000 fine, £1,318 in costs plus a £170 victim surcharge - in respect of the property at Harlesden. He was also fined for licensing breaches of another property he owns in Wembley, being ordered to pay a total of £6,902 - a £5,000 fine, £1,732 in costs and a £170 victim surcharge.
The manager of the property, Michael Zanon, was fined a total of £3,402 while two companies of which Zanon is director - Vera Accommodation Ltd and Nathaniam Ltd - were also fined a total of £7,902.