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February 2023

Harry Ulaeto

£22,332 rent repayment order imposed on landlords of an HMO property in Barking after illegal eviction of tenants

The illegal eviction involved the physical assault of one tenant and bailiffs entering the property on the instruction of the landlords without a court order.

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Report lays out how criminals have infiltrated the private rented supported housing sector

Birmingham Council for instance, has reportedly recovered £4.9 million in "wrongly claimed" housing benefit covering supported exempt PRS accommodation and cancelled 3000 benefit claims.

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City Mayors sign up to open letter to Michael Gove calling for Private Rented Sector rent freeze and eviction ban in England

The City Mayors of Manchester, Liverpool and London signed up to the letter which was coordinated by the London Renters Union and which seeks a PRS rent freeze due to the cost of living crisis.

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Nottingham Council looks to consult on additional licensing renewal as external audit suggests selective licensing led to some rent rises

Nottingham Council has announced that, pending a positive decision by its Executive Board, it will start a public consultation on 1st March (ending 24th May) on renewing its additional licensing scheme.

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Scottish housing bodies collaborate to publish new advice briefing on dealing with damp and mould in rented homes

The briefing says "This advice provides an overview for practitioners and landlords about how to deal with damp and mould" in a proactive way which understands tenant experiences, and resolves the underlying issue.

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Enfield estate agent fined £35,000 for operating unsafe PRS properties without selective licences

The agent, based in Edmonton in the London borough of Enfield, operated 3 unlicensed properties in the area and did not attend court for the sentencing this month after being found guilty in November 2022 of failing to obtain selective licenses for the properties.

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Camden PRS rent to rent landlord of unlicensed HMO not allowed to plead defence of reasonable excuse and told to pay £11,633 rent repayment order

The landlord told the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) that the superior landlord from whom he rented the property had mislead him as to whether the property had an appropriate licence and that, therefore, he had a reasonable excuse for not having applied for an HMO licence himself.

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Levelling Up Committee sees landlords' point of view on aspects of rental reform but stresses need for "many more" council enforcement officers

The cross party parliamentary committee reviewing the Government's legislative proposals for reforming the private rented sector have taken on board concerns expressed about some of the proposals set out in the Fairer Private Rented Sector white paper published by DLUHC last year.

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Brighton HMO landlord fined £13,600 for HMO licence breaches

Brighton and Hove City Council imposed the penalties on the landlord for 3 licensing breaches which were related to fire safety and lack of ventilation issues.

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Two Coventry PRS landlords who failed to comply with a prohibition order fined £20,000 plus costs of £10,000 as a Cardiff landlord is fined £23,750 for 18 housing offences

In the case of the Coventry landlords, their property was found to have deteriorated over a number of years to the point that it was unfit to live in. There was no heating or hot water and gas and electrical safety tests hadn't been carried out.

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Gateshead Council wins appeal in £9,224 selective licence civil penalties case where the unlicensed landlord pleaded "reasonable excuse" as a defence

The council had appealed against the decision of the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) to cancel the civil penalties imposed on the landlord in respect of 2 properties that should have had selective licences before being rented out.

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Durham County Council fines company that failed to declare its interest in a property with health & safety issues £1,100 plus costs and a surcharge

The council inspected the property "following concerns around the state and condition of the rear yard" where waste had built up, a drain gully was blocked, there was "incomplete" provision for proper drainage and a risk of vermin infestation.

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Stoke Council partners with community impact charity to work with PRS tenants - and landlords - to improve property energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty

Stoke on Trent Council has announced that it is working in partnership with a community charity, Groundwork West Midlands, to reach out to private rented sector tenants to raise awareness of energy performance certificates (EPC) and offer advice on energy efficiency in order to reduce fuel poverty.

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Liverpool landlord guilty of HMO licensing breaches fined £30,000 after previously being fined £45,000 in 2020 for similar offences

Trophy Homes Ltd pleaded guilty at the Magistrates Court to failing to apply for licences for two HMOs which it rented out to students and the District Judge hearing the case said the company was "poorly run" and showed a "clear lack of regard" for the tenants.

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Burnley Council looks set to extend its selective licensing scheme as a landlord in the area is ordered to pay £1,025 for not applying for his property licence

The landlord failed to attend the Magistrates Court hearing and was ordered to pay a fine of £660, costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £65 for "failing to properly licence a house .... he owned and rented out.

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Newham landlord with a selective licence sees £9,880 rent repayment order imposed for not having an additional licence

The rent repayment order (RRO) was set at 50% of the potential total of £19,760 that could have been imposed in this case by the First Tier Tribunal (FTT). The landlord also had to pay £300 in costs.

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