Landlords and managing agents fined £15,000

Managing agents and landlords in Haringey have been ordered to pay a £15,000 fine for operating a hazardous and unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

The property wasn’t licensed for two years, while it fell into disrepair and contained hazards like inadequate fire protection and precautions – hazards which were not remediated even after the council got involved.

Eubert Malcolm, assistant director for stronger and safer communities at Haringey Council, said: “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.”

Civil penalty fines were imposed on two property landlords and managing agents.

The managing agent is responsible for paying a civil penalty fine of £8,000 and will be listed on the Greater London Authority (GLA) Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker database, which documents private landlords or letting agents in London fined or convicted of housing offenses.