Landlord fined for ‘illegal standard’ HiMOs

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A LANDLORD has been fined £7,000 for failing to improve rented homes to a legal standard.

Michael Fitzroy Hines, of Downs Barn Boulevard, was found guilty in his absence at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court of three offences which also included letting properties out without permission.

Hines was due in court on Friday to answer three charges that he had not installed fire safety provisions including fire doors and fire alarms.

He had also failed to comply with an improvement notice for 28 Springfield Boulevard, Springfield and had not licensed it as a House in Multiple Occupation.

He was also fined for failing to comply with an improvement notice for another property at 15 Verity Place in Oldbrook.

He was fined £2,000 for each improvement notice breach relating to fire safety and £3,000 for not licensing the HiMO.

Costs of £778.64 were awarded to Milton Keynes Council.

Cabinet member responsible for housing, Councillor Chris Williams, said: “This should show landlords and the public alike that the council recognises the important role Houses in Multiple Occupation play in the city and we are very determined that they are regulated to the highest possible standards.”