Letting agent fined £11,500 after breaking the rules
A LETTING agent has been fined £11,500 after breaking the rules.
Benjamin Jacob-Smith, of Pemberton Topic, Essex, signed a ‘rent to rent’ contract with the owner of a condominium on Donnington Bridge Dual carriageway, Oxford, on July 15, 2019.
The contract noticed the 34-year-dilapidated pay £3,100 rent every month to the owner of the property. He then issued particular person tenancies to unrelated occupants.
On February 7, 2020, an Oxford Metropolis Council housing officer visited the dwelling and chanced on that it became once occupied by four folks and became once an unlicensed HMO.
An HMO is a condominium with shared companies and products (lavatory, lavatory and/or kitchen) that is occupied by three or extra these who aren’t from the identical household.
The Metropolis Council has required that every person HMOs in Oxford receive a licence since 2011.
The licence ensures that the dwelling is safe for people to dwell and that the heating and electrics work, there is a lavatory and bathe and the owner has not dedicated any serious crimes.
Jacob-Smith had furthermore broken three fire security rules on the property:
- No longer having a fireplace blanket in the kitchen
- The kitchen fire door became once unpleasant
- The front door lock became once not keyless operation on the inside, meaning tenants could own obligatory to spy for a key to bag out if there became once a fireplace.
Within the listening to at Oxford Magistrates’ Court docket on Wednesday (April 28), Jacob-Smith admitted four offences: one for failing to licence a HMO and a fee for every of the fire security failings.
He became once fined £11,500 and ordered to pay prices of £1,385.
Ian Wright, Head of Service for Regulatory Providers and Neighborhood Security at Oxford Metropolis Council, talked about: “Oxford Metropolis Council takes the safety of tenants extremely seriously. This case reveals that we are in a position to have interaction movement towards these who are striking lives at risk.”
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