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Monday, January 12, 2015

Unlicensed Oxford HMO landlord fined

Landlord, Jeffeth Junior Latchman, has been fined £4,500 for an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in Oxford. 
Oxford City Council's HMO Enforcement Team first visited the property in August 2014 after a tenant complained of poor living conditions. 

The HMO on Nowell Road was found not to have the required license, and describe by council officers as unsafe, in disrepair, and infested with cockroaches.

Mr Latchman pleaded guilty of all charges, including failing to obtain the required licence, for which he was fined £2000, as well as five additional breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006, fined at a further £500 per offence.

Mr Latchman was also ordered to pay the Magistrates' Court costs of £815. 

Oxford City Councillor Ed Turner commented

"Landlords who fail to meet their responsibilities to their tenants and the wider community should be in no doubt that they will be prosecuted, and the courts are now imposing substantial fines."

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