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Huge fines for agency and management company over safety failures

A management company and a lettings agency involved in running a London HMO have been prosecuted for fire safety failures.

Monsoon Properties Limited were ordered to pay fines and costs totalling over £49,000 for the failures at the flat in Camden. 

Monsoon Properties Limited pleaded guilty to charges on breaches of regulations 4, 7 and 8 of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 at a previous hearing.


Issues noted included inadequate fire detection system, obstructions on the means of escape, defective fire doors, defective oven and hob and smashed wall tiles.

The court fined Monsoon Properties Limited £10,000 for each breach of regulations – a total fine of £30,000 – and to pay Camden council’s costs of £7,020, plus a surcharge of £12,000. 

This means Monsoon Properties Limited must pay a total of £49,020.

Separate enforcement action in the form of financial penalty notices has been taken against the licence holder – Roukshana Begum and letting agency Snayders Limited.

Action has been taken against Begum for failure to comply with several licence conditions including the failure to comply with the schedule of works required to ensure the property complies with Camden’s minimum HMO standards. 

The works which had not been carried out to comply with licence conditions included allowing an undersized room to be re-occupied, failure to display a copy of the licence within the property (which meant that tenants were not aware one of the rooms was undersized), property not being maintained in reasonable repair (blocked wash hand basin and leak under bath), failure to carry out fire safety works and failure to install wash hand basins and additional sockets in bedrooms.

A Camden council spokesperson says: “This isn’t the first time Monsoon Properties Limited have been prosecuted and they should know - as should all landlords and management companies in Camden – that we will not hesitate to take landlords who we suspect are breaking the law to court. 

“We will also seek to ban bad landlords – our record of securing seven banning orders against rogue landlords is more than any other council in England.

“Camden is committed to ensuring the highest standard of fire safety across our housing. 

“This of course means a deep dive into safety in our own council housing and our significant investment includes ensuring our homes have appropriate fire doors, emergency lighting, fire alarms and fire stopping. It also means ensuring we hold private landlords and management companies to the same high standards – to ensure all our residents have safe homes to live in.”

  • Roger  Mellie

    Agents managing HMO's have to understand what the regulations are governing these lets. Councils are notoriously heavy handed and if you are the managing agent and there are breaches in the code, you are open to prosecution as well as the landlord whether you knew about them or not.
    The council will give you adequate time to remedy the breaches, if you don't you'll get a hefty fine, so to me it looks like the landlord didn't make the changes and Monsoon Properties Ltd, didn't cancel their management agreement.


    Which is one reason I avoid HMO's, the legislation seems very heavy to me!


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