A Luton landlord who ran an unlicensed HMO has been hit with fines totaling £11,620 following a string of safety dangers at his property. A number of safety breaches were found during an investigation, including lack of fire detectors, lack of fire doors, obstructions to doorways and fire exits and overcrowding.
The landlord appeared at Luton Magistrates Court this month and pleaded guilty to one offence of having an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) along with an additional seven fire safety and management breaches that reached fines of £11,620.
A spokesperson from Luton Borough Council has said that “Too many tenants are being offered squalid and dangerous accommodation, the owners of which are more interested in exploitation than responsible behaviour.
Being a landlord carries significant legal responsibilities and the council is continuing its Rogue Landlord project, which aims to protect tenants and prevent them being ripped off by unscrupulous individuals.”
There is a full list of registered HMOs on the council’s website www.luton.gov.uk/hmo. Residents can report concerns by emailing [email protected] or calling 01582 547222 in complete confidence.
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