Havering Council fines rogue landlords more than £166,000 for poor housing conditions
PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 August 2018
More than £166,000 has been issued in penalty notices to rogue landlords by Havering Council across the borough over the last five months.
Havering Council has been proactively clamping down on landlords operating inadequate houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs).
The council’s landlord licensing scheme which started in 12 wards across the borough earlier this year, requires private landlords of HMOs to apply for a licence.
This scheme was introduced to tackle the poor management of private rented homes, overcrowding and anti-social behaviour.
One landlord in Gidea Park was recently served a financial penalty notice totalling £14,500 for failing to license a HMO and breaches of HMO management regulations.
The property had no working fire equipment, unhygenic and overcrowded conditions including filthy bunk beds and carpets.
Councillor Damian White, leader of Havering Council said: “Here at Havering Council, we are targeting those irresponsible landlords who are taking advantage of local families and individuals by providing overcrowded and poorly maintained HMO properties.
“We won’t tolerate it and neither will we stand for landlords not having the correct licences. This is why we set up our Landlord Licensing Scheme earlier this year, to tackle those landlords who are continually breaching the regulations.”
Between March and July this year the council’s enforcement team has dealt with multiple incidents including the collection of £103,093 licensing fees, six housing related notices served to address poor housing standards, 52 financial penalty notices and £166,000 total penalty notice values.
“We won’t let them get away with it and will continue to be proactive in our work to make sure tenants are living safely in private rented accommodation,” added Cllr White.
“Landlords of HMOs that breach the regulations must be aware that we will use the strongest possible action against them.”