A Moseley landlord faces significant fines after failing to apply for the appropriate licence for her rental property.
44-year-old Ms Shegufta Noreen was ordered to pay a total of £3,586 following the hearing at Birmingham Magistrates Court. The fine was issued due to her failure to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation Licence for a student property that she owned and rented out on Hubert Road in Selly Oak.
The lack of licence was discovered on the 24th of May last year, following an inspection from Birmingham City Council. The council’s HMO team had visited the three storey property, which had seven rooms to let, and discovered six Birmingham University international students living there. The property was described as being in an ‘appalling’ condition, and an investigation was subsequently launched.
Ms Noreen, of Pickwick Grove, Moseley, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to failing to hold the necessary HMO licence. As a result, she was fined £315, and was also forced by the court to pay £3,240.21 costs, as well as a victim surcharge of £31.50.
Birmingham City Council’s director of housing, Robert James, commented on the case, saying: ‘HMO regulations exist because of the increased risk of fire in these sorts of properties. Noreen failed to apply for a HMO Licence which guarantees that houses are registered and checked. The fee for this is just £1,150 for five years but she now has just 28 days to pay £3,586 which is substantially more. I am glad that we have been able to support and protect these vulnerable tenants and bring Noreen to justice through our specialist work on rogue landlords.’