Property owner fined for failing to licence homes

A Nottingham Landlord has pleaded guilty to three offences of failure to licence under Selective Licensing scheme.

Sakiib Khan (34) of The Meadows, Nottingham admitted the three offences under Section 95(1) of the Housing Act 2004 – Selective Licensing.  

During sentencing on Wednesday 6 February, Nottingham Magistrates Court ordered Mr Khan, to pay a fine and legal costs totalling £12,141.

The total rental income for the three properties amounted to around £2080 per month.  The cost of licensing all three properties would be £2340 for up to 5 years. 

The unlicensed properties are on Woolmer Road, Lamcote Street and Glapton Road and are all located in the Meadows area of Nottingham.

The purpose of the licensing scheme is to ensure that all landlords and managers of properties in the designated area are identified to the council as ‘fit and proper’ persons and whether their management structures and funding arrangements for the property are suitable. 

Selective Licensing enables the council to work with landlords to raise standards of management in the properties, to assist with the appropriate management of anti-social behaviour which would minimise any negative impact on the neighbourhood.   

Cllr Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage, said: “The Selective Licencing scheme has been active in the city for 18 months now – so there really is no excuse for not licencing properties.

“Tenants deserve to live in a certain standard of home, and the licence helps to ensure they get that. I hope this puts out a message to other property agents, companies and landlords that if they don’t work with us to licence their properties, then they could face prosecution.”

The Safer Housing team would urge any tenants, who wish to report a landlord who has failed to licence their property to contact the call centre on 0115 915 2020 option 3.

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