Fine issued for ‘illegal’ HMO that put ‘lives at risk’

Fine issued for ‘illegal’ HMO that put ‘lives at risk’

LANDLORD PAUL Moss was prosecuted over a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Redbridge that did not have a licence, as well as ‘virtually no fire safety measures’.

East London and West Essex Guardian reported on the prosecution of Mr Moss over the HMO, with council enforcement officers ‘tipped off’ about the house and inspecting it, where they found ‘tenants’ lives to be at risk’. The ‘crowded and unsafe’ property was being operated as an HMO without a licence, while it also had ‘virtually no fire safety measures’ in place, such as smoke alarms or fire blankets.

In turn, he had ‘failed to provide’ tenants with ‘enough bins to dispose of their rubbish properly’, and at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court he pleaded guilty to all charges. As a result, he was fined £3,860 and ordered to pay costs of £1,790 as well as a victim surcharge of £120.

Farah Hussain, cabinet member for housing and homelessness, said: ‘It’s completely unacceptable that people should be living in unsafe and illegal conditions just so that landlords like the one in this case can line their pocket. I am pleased to see the rising number of prosecutions against rogue operators as we continue with our zero-tolerance approach to landlords of this type.

‘Our message is clear, we will continue to crack down on all suspected HMO’s and unlicensed properties to root out illegal operators in the borough.’