Rogue landlord lands whopping fines and costs for failure to licence

30 October 2019

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 in fines and court costs after ignoring Brent's selective licensing laws.

 Colin Richard Crosdale, who owns a number of properties in Brent, pleaded guilty to Willesden Green Magistrates for failing to licence a studio flat that he was renting out to a tenant in Acton Lane, Harlesden. 

Brent's licensing enforcement team was alerted to Mr Crosdale's offence after his tenant complained to the council about issues concerning Mr Crosdale, of Chestnut Avenue, Rickmansworth.

Mr Crosdale ignored warnings from the council that his property needed a license because it came under a selective licensing ward. On 24 October, Mr Crosdale was ordered to pay £4,500 in fines, £2,385 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £170, adding to a total of £7,055. 

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "Mr Crosdale was aware of Brent's selective licensing laws in Harlesden, Willesden Green and Wembley Central, and deliberately broke the law through his failure to licence. He's now received heavy fines and court costs that could have been avoided by paying the licence fee." 

If you are a Brent landlord who lets out shared accommodation, you can apply for a licence online at www.brent.gov.uk/prslicensing   

If you suspect that someone is renting out an unlicensed property in Brent, please report them anonymously at www.brent.gov.uk/reportaproperty