Birmingham council has issued its first civil penalty against a House in Multiple Occupation landlord - and it says that move offers the hope “of bringing greater regulation to the sector.”
The landlord was ordered to pay £2,000 for failure to appropriately fit the property with fire safety measures. The property - which housed nine people - was also found to be operating without a license.
While the new policy brings powers to issue fines of up to £30,000, mitigating factors can be taken into account by officers. In this instance, the immediate co-operation of the landlord with the investigation and the swift completion of the works to the property to a high standard meant that the fine was reduced.