Large fine for failing to licence a property

A couple who are portfolio landlords in the London borough of Haringey have been ordered to pay £10,000 after failing to license their property. An inspection found that the property, originally a family home, was occupied by seven different households, accommodating nine tenants across three storeys. Properties occupied by five or more people who are not all related and use it as their main home must have a mandatory House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) license.

As well as being unlicensed, the couple also received enforcement notices for non-compliance under the Housing Act 2004. The property is now licensed, fully compliant with legal standards, and the fine has been paid in full.

A spokesperson for the council emphasized the importance of HMO licensing, stating: “This case underlines the crucial need for landlords to license their HMOs. Licensing is essential to ensure that properties comply with the necessary standards and to protect tenants. The safety and well-being of our residents is a top priority, and we are committed to taking all necessary measures to protect them.

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