Landlord fined for failing to licence HiMO

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A LANDLORD who failed to licence a city HiMO has been fined thousands of pounds.

Mohammed Nurul Hussain, was successfully prosecuted by the council’s Private Sector Housing team, under Section 72 of The Housing Act 2004 for Failure to Licence a HiMO.

Mr Hussain, of East India Building, Saltwell Street, appeared before city magistrates yesterday, August 16, and was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay costs of 1624.61 and a victim surcharge of £15.00 totalling £9139.61.

Private sector housing will now investigate whether housing benefit was paid for the period that the property was unlicensed - and if so apply for a rent repayment order.

A Milton Kieynes Council housing spokesman said: “This is an excellent result and will show we are very determined to regulate to the highest possible standards.

“If a HiMO is unlicensed it would not be subject to the normal checks, such as fire safety checks for example, and could be a very unsafe building.“