LettingAgentToday reports that a buy to let investor has pay a total fine of £182,314.90 for 35 HMO related offences – and the amount is thought to be one of the largest penalties ever for one landlord.
Birmingham Magistrates Court found Leila Amjadi, of Sutton Coldfield, guilty of failing to obtain HMO licences and for breaches under the HMO Management Regulations related to the four properties she owned across Birmingham.
In 2016, local council officers became aware that the investor’s properties were being let without the appropriate HMO licences – despite Amjadi having over 10 years’ experience in the property letting industry.
Numerous complaints from occupants and local residents were made to the council, regarding the poor maintenance of the properties. Amjadi was also found guilty of using “delaying tactics” with her tenants and the council.
Following inspections, 31 breaches of the HMO Management Regulations were found including:
- fire doors that were either missing or inadequate;
- missing fire blanket; and
- smoke detectors which were hanging loose from the ceilings.
A council spokesman said: “This is the largest fine that Birmingham has seen for these type of offences and it sends out a strong message to all landlords that Birmingham city council will use all its enforcement powers to ensure that tenants are protected from rogue landlords who neglect their responsibilities”.