Landlords of over-occupied house fined
Two men have been fined for letting out a house in Telford that was required to be licensed as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) and for failing to ensure that all means of escape from fire in the property were kept free from obstruction and maintained in good order and repair.
Ikram Hussain of Reginald Road, Birmingham owned the property in Manse Road, Hadley which his father Noor Ali Hussein lived in.
The house of multiple occupation came to the attention of Telford & Wrekin Council’s Environmental Health officers and resulted in the case being brought before Telford Magistrates yesterday.
Both men pleaded guilty to being in control of and managing the house and failing to license it; a legal requirement for a three storey property if there are five or more people living in it.
They also admitted failing to ensure that all means of escape from fire in the property were kept free from obstruction and maintained in good order and repair. Noor Ali Hussain also admitted failing to provide an electrical safety certificate when ordered to do so by Telford & Wrekin Council.
Noor Ali Hussain was ordered to pay a total of £4,580 in fines, prosecution costs and victim surcharge. Ikram Hussain was ordered to pay a total of £1974.
Cllr Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for enforcement said: “Telford & Wrekin Council takes cases like this very seriously. This is the second such prosecution for housing offences taken by Telford & Wrekin Council this month. It should serve as a warning to landlords that they have a duty to provide accommodation that is fit and safe for people to live in.
“This case shows how our officers will act when such concerns are raised."
A ‘house of multiple occupation’ is defined as a house or flat that is occupied by three or more people who form two or more households and the occupiers share or lack facilities such as the kitchen, bathrooms and WCs. A house in multiple occupation requires licensing where there are 5 or more persons occupying a three storey property.
Further information about Houses of Multiple Occupation and landlords’ responsibilities can be found here: http://www.telford.gov.uk/info/1010/housing/25/houses_in_multiple_occupancy_hmo