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A Nottingham landlord has been convicted for failing to license properties in the area, under the Nottingham Selective Licensing Scheme.
Nottingham landlord Dexter Blackstock was convicted of nine offences of failing to license properties under the Selective Licensing scheme at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.
He was fined £24,000 plus £1,100 in costs as well as a victim surcharge of £170 after being convicted of licencing offences relating to various properties in Nottingham.
In addition to the nine counts of failing to license properties, the Nottingham landlord also failed to license two properties under the additional licensing scheme and had one other offence under mandatory licensing.
Paul James who managed the properties in Nottingham, also faces ten charges – seven for Selective Licensing breaches, two for Additional Licensing and one for Mandatory Licensing.
Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard that the total rental income for the 12 properties was just over £10,500 a month. It would have cost £12,180 to licence them for a period of five years.
The prosecution of the Nottingham landlord came after council enforcement officers visited several of Blackstock’s properties, finding cases of disrepair and in some cases discovered smoke alarms that were not working.
Cllr Linda Woodings, portfolio holder for planning, housing and heritage at Nottingham City Council, commented: ‘This is another good result for the council, and I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work of the Safer Housing team.
‘Properties have to be licensed for a good reason – to provide higher standards, regular maintenance and, most importantly, to make sure that tenants across the city are safe and living in acceptable conditions.
‘Taking action like this is always a last resort when a landlord or agent refuses to engage with us, we want to work constructively with landlords to improve the standards of rented properties, but we make no apology for bringing people before the courts and we hope this sends out a strong message.’