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Fine for BTL investor after unlicensed HMO was let to disabled

A landlord has been fined a total of £7,298 for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation in Oxford that was home to three people with disabilities.


William Stephen Rielly of Slough was prosecuted after environmental health officers from Oxford council investigated a house that he owned in the city. 



A visit in September 2016 identified three unrelated tenants all of whom were people with disabilities and living in what the council called “a high-risk unlicensed HMO.”


The house had no smoke alarms or kitchen fire door and there were seven other defects identified.


The council made a claim to the first-tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property) to recover housing benefit money Rielly had received while managing the HMO on behalf of the tenants. 


Earlier this month that tribunal ordered him to pay back £5,798 of housing benefit to the council.

Additionally, in an earlier legal action at Oxford Magistrates’ Court in April this year, Rielly pleaded guilty to managing an unlicensed HMO and failing in his duty to comply with two fire safety measures. 

He received fines totalling £1,500 and was ordered to pay council costs of £1,000.


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