Licence Breach Leads to Fine for Landlord

A rogue Yorkshire landlord has been fined over £800 after breaching the conditions of his property licence.

50-year-old Stephen Halliday, from Bingley in Yorkshire, was prosecuted by Durham County Council after failing to provide several crucial documents stipulated in his licence conditions.

Magistrates at Newton Aycliffe heard on Wednesday that the property owned by Halliday, located on Faraday Street, Ferryhill, falls within the bounds of a selective licensing area. Conditions of the licence, which had been obtained by Halliday in 2015, require him to have several certificates ready to supply upon request. These include a copy of a gas safety certificate and results of tenancy reference checks. The licence also requires that Halliday inform the council of any changes in tenancy.

The court was told that the council requested the documentation in November and December, however the landlord had failed to provide them when asked.

Halliday opted not to attend court for the hearing, but was found guilty in his absence and fined £440. He was ordered to pay costs of £330 and a victim surcharge of £44, amounting to a total of £814.

The council’s head of economic development and housing, Sarah Robson, said: ‘Selective licensing is in place to ensure properties are managed appropriately and licensed in accordance with the law which benefits both tenants and the wider local community. While the vast majority of landlords comply with the conditions of the selective licensing scheme, this case should serve as a warning that we will take action where there are breaches.’

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