Landlord fined almost £9,000 for safety breaches

A city landlord has been fined almost £9,000 after failing to correctly licence a house he was renting out.

Mr Tendayi Mutamiri, who owned the house in Cleavers Avenue, Conniburrow, was found guilty of failing to Licence a House in Multiple Occupation, contrary to section 72(1) of the Housing Act 2004.

He was also found guilty of eight more offences under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2006, contrary to section 234(3) of the Housing Act 2004.

Milton Keynes Magistrates heard last Thursday that Mr Mutamiri had not given the council a valid gas safety certificate, failed to make sure the gas boiler was well maintained and failed to make sure the house was maintained in a safe working condition.

He was fined £2,000 for failing to licence the HiMO, £500 for each of the other eight offences and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £2959.56 and a £15 victim surcharge totalling £8974.56.

Jane Reed, the council’s assistant director for housing, said: “We will not hesitate to use the full force of law to bring irresponsible landlords to account.

“In this case the landlord failed to meet the legal requirements that are there for the protection and safety of the tenants and neighbours.”