Warwick District Council has issued its first Civil Penalty to the landlord of a house in multiple occupation in Whitnash.
Glenn Gamblin, the landlord of 8 Palmer Road, Whitnash, received the penalty for failing to license his property as an HMO under new legislation and for breaching management regulations.
When council officers inspected the Palmer Road property, a house in multiple occupation (HMO), it was generally of a high standard. However, they found that the means of escape from one of the bedrooms in the event of fire was unsatisfactory. In addition the landlord had failed to license the property following the extension of mandatory HMO licensing on 1 October 2018.
Initially Warwick District Council issued a Civil Penalty for £6,500, but Mr Gamblin made an appeal to the First Tier Tribunal. They determined that the offences of failing to apply for an HMO license and failure to comply with management regulations were proven. They did however take into account some mitigating circumstances and revised the penalty to £4,500.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Property Services Councillor Jan Matecki commented;
“This case sends a clear message to all landlords that they must keep up to date with legislation which affects them. If a property is let to five or more sharers they must apply for an HMO license and ensure they have the appropriate certification to ensure the safety of their tenants.”