A buy to let investor in Peterborough has become the fifth landlord to be prosecuted under the city council’s new selective licensing scheme.
Landlord Kevin Wagstaff was fined £2,000 for renting out two properties without a licence which he was legally obliged to obtain under the new scheme.
Mr Wagstaff was found guilty in his absence after he failed to appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, September 13.
In addition to the fines of £1,000 on each charge, the landlord was also ordered to pay a total of £563 costs and a £100 victim surcharge, making a total of £2,663.
The two properties were visited by the council following information that they were being let without a licence.
Despite being sent several letters requesting that the properties be correctly licensed, Mr Wagstaff failed to register the properties, therefore committing offences under the Housing Act 2004.
The selective licensing scheme was brought in by the city council on December 1, 2016, and this firth prosecution comes a month after four Peterborough landlords were found guilty for the same offence, making this the fifth successful prosecution to date.
All residential landlords with properties in the designated area of the scheme are now required to obtain a licence in order to let their properties to tenants.
Council prevention and enforcement officer, Helen Blake, said: ‘The selective licensing scheme has been running for some time now and we have been clear that landlords who have properties in the areas covered by the scheme must have a licence.
‘Landlords, managing agents or tenants within the designated area should obtain advice to ascertain whether their property is affected by the scheme by contacting the selective licensing team at Peterborough City Council.’
The Peterborough selective licensing scheme covers the following wards: Central, North, East, Park, Fletton, Bretton North, Stanground Central, Walton and Orton Longueville.