Landlords reminded of registration requirements
Published by Sarah Ashcroft
Landlords around the UK should remember their responsibilities when it comes to factors such as registering themselves with local authorities to ensure they are permitted to rent out homes to tenants.
One woman who did not adhere to the rules is Michelle Hill and she has now been punished as a result. The Sentinel has told how the landlord repeatedly failed to register herself so that she was legally entitled to rent out properties in Stoke-on-Trent.
She has now been fined £1,500 after an appearance at Stafford Magistrates' Court, following a prosecution by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
It is the first time the Selective Licensing Scheme has been used to prosecute a landlord and may serve as a reminder to other property owners that they must register with their local council. The new legislation means it is compulsory for all landlords in Stoke-on-Trent's Tunstall area to be registered with the council.
Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and community safety, said: "We are not afraid to use those powers in anger, where necessary, and take action on those landlords who refuse to take part. These prosecutions will serve as a warning to other landlords that we take our responsibilities seriously."
To date, some 661 homes in the Bond Street and Newfield Street parts of the city are covered by the scheme. It is designed to make the areas a more attractive place to live and somewhere it is easy to rent high-quality accommodation.
The case of Ms Hill shows exactly what fate can be in store for those who do not follow the guidelines and regulations set out by local authorities. Failure to register can make renting illegal and lead to a range of punishments being handed out.
Not only must Ms Hill now pay a £1,500 fine, she must also apply for a £500 licence to ensure she is operating within the rules in the future and her tenant is within their right to make a claim to have rent paid during the period the property in question was unlicensed repaid.
Published on: April 11, 2013
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