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Monday, December 22, 2014

Three un-wise landlords face costly Christmas

I've been keeping my eye out for a Christmas themed landlord story for the blog and it has arrived just in time, thanks to an unlikely source - Thanet District Council.

A Christmas Tale

Cliftonville West and Margate Central are selective licensing areas where all privately rented properties require to be licensed by Thanet District Council unless they fit into specific exemption criteria.

Three 'un-wise' landlords from London who'd followed their calculations for high yielding property and made their way to Margate have failed to get the required licenses.

The first un-wise landlord, a Mustafa Omar Mohamed Baridhwan of Wellbeck Road, East Ham, failed to make an application in respect of Flat 4, 36 Athelstan Road in Margate. Forget frankincense, he has had to pay up for a £10,000 fine, a £120 victim surcharge and costs of £120. 

The second un-wise landlord, Veronica Collis of Birkenhead Avenue, Kingston Upon Thames, failed to make a licence application for 1 Harold Mews, 39 Harold Road in Margate. She has been told to pay a £2,000 fine,  £120 victim surcharge and £120 towards costs.

The third un-wise landlord, with a fabulously festive sounding name of  'Rudolph Pink' of Clapham Road, London, has been made to pay a fine of £15,000, a £120 victim surcharge and £120 costs.

Cllr. Richard Nicholson , Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning Services at Thanet District Council, said: 

"Selective licensing, which helps the council tackle anti-social behaviour and improve living conditions, is proving to be a great success. Over 1600 dwellings are now licensed and significant efforts are being made to ensure that all landlords comply with the scheme. While we will try and help landlords through the licensing process, those who simply ignore their statutory obligations will be prosecuted. With 17 successful prosecutions since April, and with more in the pipeline, landlords who haven’t applied for a licence should know that we will leave no stone unturned."

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