A man has been left almost £4,000 out of pocket after pleading guilty to operating an illegal HiMO (House in Multiple Occupancy), where five tenants were living.
The court heard how Nick Fox applied retrospectively for planning permission a month after setting up the HiMO in 2013, in Monkston, Milton Keynes, but this was refused by the council which issued an
enforcement notice against Mr Fox for operating the HiMo without permission.
Mr Fox appealed against the notice but this was dismissed by the planning pnspector along with his claim for costs from the council.
The HiMO should have ceased by July 17, 2015 but after an inspection by council officers on August 24, it was clear the property was still being used as a HiMO resulting in the council
prosecuting Mr Fox for failing to comply with its enforcement notice.
Mr Fox claimed he had made a mistake with the dates and thought he had until December 2015 to cease the use however he pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay the following financial penalties:
> Fine of £2,500
> Victim surcharge £250
> Court costs £180
> Council’s full costs of £1039.78
A total of £3969.78 is now to be paid within seven days.
Duncan Sharkey, Corporate Director of Place at Milton Keynes Council, said:“Milton Keynes Council recognises that HiMOs have an important role in the provision of housing
but we will take enforcement action against illegal HiMOs. In this case, planning permission was not initially sought. When an application was received it was not granted due to the impact on the
local area – a number of residents had objected as they had been subjected to noise and parking problems.”