Rent to the value of £10,982.25 is to be returned to tenants by a landlord who was operating without a licence.
Mrs P Nagra, the landlord of a property in Coventry, has been instructed by the First Tier Property Tribunal to repay rent, that seven tenants applied for as part of a Rent Repayment Order.
Applications for rent repayment orders can be submitted by tenants to the First Tier Property Tribunal - the independent tribunal is responsible for resolving disputes relating to private rented and leasehold property - to claim back any rent paid during the period a landlord manages an unlicensed property.
Coventry council carried out investigations and found that the landlord had failed to licence the property for a period of eight months and failed in her management of the property.
A spokesman for the local authority says: "This is a first Rent Repayment Order for an unlicensed landlord. We are working with landlords to raise property standards. The expectation is that both the landlord and the tenants play their part in following all correct steps.
“It is not fair for landlords to evade compliance and benefit financially from operating illegally, while the vast majority of landlords are complying. This first Rent Repayment Order should serve as a stark warning to the minority of landlords who continue to be unlicensed.
The legislation gives tenants a right to reclaim rent where landlords have significantly failed to comply with housing law.