A council has prosecuted five private landlords who failed to get licences for the properties they let out.
Oldham council says its part of a campaign to “flush out rogue landlords.”
The landlords, who failed to sign up to its Selective Licensing scheme, were:
- Liam Coates of Oldham fined £490, with £300 costs and a £49 victim surcharge;
- Kauser Parveen of Oldham fined £495, with £450 costs and a £49 victim surcharge;
- Michael John Coates of Grotton fined £490, with £300 costs and a £49 victim surcharge;
- Yasmin Walayat of Oldham fined £600, with £400 costs and a £60 victim surcharge;
- Amjid Munir of Oldham fined £600, with £400 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
On the same day Mohammed Shahidul Islam Ali, of Oldham, didn’t attend court and pleaded guilty by post to breaching the terms of his licence.
He was fined £80, with costs of £525 and a victim surcharge of £30.
“The private rented sector in Oldham needs to improve and we will take action against landlords who think the law doesn’t apply to them” says a spokesman for the council.
“Rented homes need to be of a good standard otherwise they can have a terrible impact on the health and welfare of tenants and the wider community.
“But tenants also need to act responsibly and showing respect for their neighbours.”