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Council 'celebrates' £300,000 penalties on private rental sector in 2018

A local authority has taken the unusual step of issuing a celebratory press release stating that it issued penalty notices adding up to £304,250 on buy to let investors in the first 11 months of 2018.

Havering council says its action this year included 108 financial penalty notices,16 housing-related notices served to address poor housing standards, plus 181 licence applications.

It total some £144,854 was raised by this one local authority alone in licensing fees, plus another £304,250 in penalty notices. 



Councillor Viddy Persaud, Havering’s cabinet member for public protection and safety, says: “The past 11 months have seen us carry out back-to-back enforcement action. Under our landlord scheme, we are successfully rooting out those landlords that think they are above the law. Our message to them is, is they cannot get away with it.

“We won’t tolerate these landlords taking advantage of local families and individuals by providing overcrowded and poorly maintained HMO properties. Our officers will continue to be proactive to make sure tenants are living safely in private rented accommodation.”

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    I`m sure some of the fines are deserved. But when you blow your own trumpet in this way I`m sure some of it amounts to legalized theft.

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    Strange you NEVER hear of Councils Dealing with Criminal - Rogue Tenants, that are illegally remaining and preventing occupation by many deserving families on the waiting list - look -out for accommodation. !

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    Any body know what effect the license fees have had here? As far as I can see the fees are just tax and the prosecutions are what they should be doing using existing law.

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    What about the UK largest and biggest landlord that was to blame for the deaths of nearly 100 persons in a block of flats that had been badly maintained and not one council not has been charged let alone fined?
    What about council landlords that impose rules and regs on private landlords in blocks of flats which the councill landlords also rent oytbut dont abide by the same rules and regs?


    100.% agree, terrible

  • S l
    • S l
    • 31 December 2018 19:55 PM

    You need to ensure these details gets to the national papers

  • S l
    • S l
    • 31 December 2018 19:57 PM

    Who is going to ban the local authorities from letting?? Who have the power


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