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A Milton Keynes landlord has been issued with a huge £36,000 fine after being caught by Northampton Borough Council housing enforcement team operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Northampton.
Milton Keynes landlord Abdul Mukit, admitted in court to his failure to apply for a licence to operate his property as a house in multiple occupation (HMO). An inspection from Northampton Borough Council’s housing enforcement team found a total of 77 breaches at the HMO property, ranging from electrical safety issues to obstructed fire exits and poorly maintained communal areas.
Mukit had previously been served with an improvement notice by the council, but failed to comply with it. The rogue landlord said he did not have enough money to bring the property up to standard. He also said that he intended to rent his Whitworth Road property out to single families in future, as opposed to operating it as an house in multiple occupation.
At the hearing the court was told that Mr Mukit received income from three separate properties, including one property in London.
The rogue landlord was fined between £2,000 and £4,000 for each of the 12 charges, amounting to a total of £36,000. He was also ordered to pay the Borough Council’s costs of £2,850.22 as well as a victim surcharge of £170.
Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet member for housing and wellbeing, Councillor Stephen Hibbert, said: ‘The level of fines reflect how seriously magistrates considered these breaches to be. Most landlords in Northampton are excellent, keeping their properties to a good standard and ensuring that, if their properties require an HMO licence, they are licensed on time. We will continue to take a hard line with criminal, rogue and irresponsible landlords who think it is okay to put their tenants’ health and safety at risk.’