North Ormesby Landlord fined for Licensing Failure

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A rogue landlord has been fined over £6,000 for failing to license eleven properties he owns and rents out in North Ormesby.

Landlord Carl Blenkinsop was first prosecuted in June 2017 for his licensing failures. Middlesbrough Council warned the rogue landlord that the continued failure to register his properties would lead to the council attempting to take on the management of the homes.

There was no further contact from Mr Blenkinsop, which led to the council applying for a ‘Rent Repayment Order.’ This was awarded to the council last month.

The Rent Repayment Order meant that Mr Blenkinsop was forced to pay back the £20,535 in rental funds that he had received in housing benefit and through the housing element of Universal Credit. The council has now also applied for land charges to be placed on his properties and is pursuing him to pay back the money.

The proceedings began due to the North Ormesby Selective Landlord Licensing Scheme (NOSLLS), which was introduced by the council in 2016. The scheme requires all private landlords who are not exempt to be licensed. It was designed to encourage landlords to control anti-social behaviour and bring properties up to a decent standard for tenant habitation. It was hoped this would curb rogue landlord activity and bring the sector up to a higher standard across the board.

Executive member for culture and communities, Councillor Mick Thompson, spoke out about the case: ‘This case is a great example of NOSLLS helping to hold landlords to account, as well as offering tenants the safeguards to which they are entitled. It sends a clear message that those who fail to manage their properties responsibly, and give no regard to the impact their negligence can have on the lives of other residents, can expect to face similar financial penalties.’

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