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Agents listed on rogues’ database and fined over HMO failures

Managing agents in London have been instructed to pay a £15,000 fine for operating a House in Multiple Occupation without the required license.

Following an investigation which was carried out by Haringey council in March 2023, it was identified that a property had been occupied as an unlicensed HMO for approximately two years with no adequate management arrangements. This included issues such as disrepair as well as significant hazards of inadequate fire protection and precautions.

Prior to issuing the civil penalty fine, the property owners and managing agents were cautioned and informed about the current use of the property. 


However, no steps were taken from the agents to investigate its usage. Subsequently, based on the evidence collected, civil penalty fines were imposed on two property landlords and managing agents.

The managing agents - unnamed by the council - are responsible for paying their civil penalty fine of £8,000 and will be listed on the Greater London Authority Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker database, which documents private landlords or letting agents in London fined or convicted of relevant housing offences.

Eubert Malcolm, Assistant Director for Stronger and Safer Communities, says: “We have adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards any private landlords in the borough who do not meet their legal obligations.

“Those who are found operating unlicensed properties or knowingly applying for incorrect licenses will face either prosecution or civil penalty fines. They will also be documented on the GLA Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker database.

“Our residents are fundamental to Haringey, and we are committed to protecting them through all available means. We strongly encourage all landlords and letting agents to ensure they are compliant otherwise enforcement action will be taken against them.”


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