Warwick district council has issued its first civil penalty to the landlord of an HMO.
Glenn Gamblin, the landlord of the property in Leamington Spa, received the penalty for failing to license his property as an HMO under new legislation and for breaching management regulations.
When council officers inspected the property it was generally of a high standard.
However, they found that the means of escape from one of the bedrooms in the event of fire was unsatisfactory. In addition the landlord had failed to license the property following the extension of mandatory HMO licensing on October 1 last year.
Initially the council issued a civil penalty for £6,500 but Gamblin made an appeal to the First Tier Tribunal; it determined that the offences were proven but took into account mitigating circumstances and revised the penalty to £4,500.
A council spokesperson says: “This case sends a clear message to all landlords that they must keep up to date with legislation which affects them. If a property is let to five or more sharers they must apply for an HMO license and ensure they have the appropriate certification to ensure the safety of their tenants.”