Landlord fined more than £7,000 for renting out a property to a family without a licence

9 February 2018

A landlord has been slapped with £7,400 in costs and fines after failing to pay for a £340 five year selective licence.

 

The unlicensed two bedroom flat in Tunley Road, Harlesden, came to the attention of enforcement officers after the family complained to the Council about their broken boiler.

 

Errol Roy Thompson of Harpenden Close, Bedford, pleaded not guilty at the first hearing in August last year but changed his plea to guilty at the trial at Willesden Magistrates Court on 06 February this year.

Mr Thompson had begun to fill out an application for a selective licence in June 2016 but had failed to complete and pay the licence fee.

 

Cllr Harbi Farah, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "Mr Thompson was also sent a letter which specifically told him his property required a selective license. His failure to pay £340 has resulted in fines of more than £7,000 and a criminal record. The law is clear that any landlord who rents out a property in Harlesden, Willesden and Wembley Central needs a selective licence."

 

Brent Council has won 125 prosecution cases against rogue landlords, agents and subletters since 2016. The convictions have resulted in more than £730,000 in fines. More than £100,000 worth of civil penalties against rogue landlords, agents and subletters have been issued since their introduction in September 2017, with the Council collecting £63,500 of these fines to date.

 

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