A Nottingham landlord must pay more than £12,000 for failing to licence three properties.
Sakiib Khan, 34, admitted the offences in relation to three unlicensed properties on Woolmer Road, Lamcote Street and Glapton Road in The Meadows area of the city.
City magistrates ordered Khan, of The Meadows, to pay a fine and legal costs totalling £12,141 after Nottingham City Council hauled him before the courts for flouting its Selective Licensing scheme.
The scheme ensures landlords and managers of properties in designated areas are ‘fit and proper’ persons and that their management structures and funding arrangements are suitable.
It also enables the council to work with landlords to raise standards of management in the properties, to assist with the appropriate management of anti-social behaviour which would minimise any negative impact on the neighbourhood.
Councillor Linda Woodings, portfolio holder for planning, housing and heritage at the city council, said: “The Selective Licencing scheme has been active in the city for 18 months now – so there really is no excuse for not licencing properties.
“Tenants deserve to live in a certain standard of home, and the licence helps to ensure they get that. I hope this puts out a message to other property agents, companies and landlords that if they don’t work with us to licence their properties, then they could face prosecution.”