Landlord pays for ignoring licence warnings

A landlord who refused to gain a selective licence for the property he rents out has now had to pay over 10 times what the licence would have cost him.

Mr Nicholas Dale Read, the owner of a property in Temple View Terrace in Burmantofts, pleaded guilty by post for failing to licence the rental property. On Tuesday 9 October at Leeds Magistrates Court Mr Read was fined £2000 and ordered to pay costs to the council of £1424.72 and made to pay a victim surcharge of £15.

The case had already been adjourned on two previous occasions as Mr Read had stated he had been unable to attend. Mr Read belatedly submitted an application for a selective licence to the council on the day of the court date.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“This is the 33rd successful prosecution we have obtained against a landlord for failing to licence a rental property.

“It's a good result and I hope this sends a very clear message to any landlord with property in the selective licensing area.”

Notes to editors:

In May 2009 the Secretary of State granted Leeds City Council permission to introduce Selective licensing under the provisions of Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004 in specific areas of Cross Green and East End Park. From the 1 of October 2009 Selective Licensing came into force. The area of Cross Green and East End Park was selected due to being identified as having a high degree of empty properties in the area.


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