Hastings Landlord Fined Over £11,000 for Failures

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A Hastings landlord has been fined over £11,000 for a number of offences relating to his house in multiple occupation (HMO) rental property in the town.

The landlord was found guilty of 16 breaches of licensing conditions at the HMO property he was renting out situated in Cambridge Gardens, Hastings.

The landlord, Thomas Brian Rogers, of Wicklemarsh Road, London, was prosecuted by the borough council for the sixteen offences relating to the Hastings HMO property, although Hastings Borough Council withdrew two charges to allow the landlord to plead guilty to the other sixteen offences he was charged with.

The council said that the charges were brought against the landlord for a failure to provide bathroom facilities at the property, failing to prevent antisocial behaviour, failing to maintain the property and gardens, failing to maintain fire escapes at the property, and failing to display the correct licences for the rental property.

According to a spokesperson from Hastings Borough Council, Mr Rogers was found guilty in court of the sixteen offences brought by the council and fined a total of £11,332 for them by the court after pleading guilty.

The prosecution was brought by Hastings Borough Council under Section 72 of the Housing Act 2004 (breach of licence conditions for Houses of Multiple Occupation) and Section 234 of the Housing Act 2004 (breach of regulations for Houses of Multiple Occupation).

Andy Batsford, lead Councillor for housing at Hastings Borough Council said: ‘The council continues to show that we will not tolerate landlords who fail to provide decent housing in our community.’

He continued: ‘We are making huge strides to ensure that everyone in Hastings lives in a safe home. If you are a landlord that is falling short of the standards, good landlords, residents and the council expect we will prosecute, and we will win.’

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