A landlord who failed to provide a council with information has been fined.

The landlord in question faced legal consequences for failing to provide information about one of his properties, leading to charges under the Housing Act 2004 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976. The specific details include:

  1. Inspection and Suspected Breaches: In January 2023, a Coventry council officer inspected a property suspected to be an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
  2. Notices Served: The council initiated an investigation into potential housing legislation breaches and served the landlord with a Requisition for Information Notice under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and a notice to produce documents under the Housing Act 2004.
  3. Failure to Respond: The landlord failed to respond to both notices, leading to legal action by the council.
  4. Court Decision: The landlord was found guilty in absentia at Birmingham and Solihull Magistrates’ Court and faced penalties.
    • Fines: £770 for the offences.
    • Court Costs: £300.
    • Victim Surcharge: £308.
  5. Council’s Commitment: The council emphasized its commitment to improving private sector housing standards, taking legal actions against non-compliant landlords to ensure tenants’ safety and well-being.
  6. Message to Landlords: The council’s statement underscores the importance of landlords taking notices from the council seriously and the willingness to prosecute those who disregard their legal obligations.

This case highlights the significance of compliance with housing regulations and the consequences landlords may face for failing to cooperate with authorities.

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