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Fined: Romford landlord who failed to license Barking flat while ‘working away at sea on a yacht’

PUBLISHED: 16:07 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:33 18 December 2017

Ms Smith failed to properly register the property in Tomlin Orchard, Barking. Picture: Google

Ms Smith failed to properly register the property in Tomlin Orchard, Barking. Picture: Google

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The landlord of a flat in Barking has been fined £6,000 for failing to obtain a mandatory licence for the property.

The landlord of a flat in Barking has been fined £6,000 for failing to obtain a mandatory licence for the property.

Nikki Smith of Grove Road, Romford, claimed she was working at a sea on a yacht which is why she failed to respond to six letters from Barking and Dagenham Council.

Last week she failed to appear at Barkingside Magistrates Court and was found guilty under the Housing Act 2004 in her absence.

In addition to her fine she was ordered to pay a £6,000 fine, £877 costs to Barking and Dagenham Council and a £170 victim surcharge.

All landlords or property managing agents letting homes in the borough must apply for a £506 licence which can last for up to five years.

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