Landlord fined for witholding HMO information

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A LANDLORD has been fined for withholding information about his property.

Edwin McGee, of Springfield Road, St Leonards, appeared before magistrates in Hastings on Tuesday (April 3) and admitted not giving the council all the information legally required about a property he rents out.

He was fined £250, ordered to pay £300 in costs and a victim surcharge of £15.

A spokesman for Hastings Borough Council said: “Landlords need to tell us the full details of the properties they rent out, whether they are houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) or single units.

“In this case the information was required to find out whether the property was an HMO and whether it required a licence from us.

“There are more than 2,000 HMOs in the town that now require a licence. These licences protect the occupants by ensuring the properties are suitable, have adequate fire precautions, are well managed and that the landlords are fit and proper persons to manage these properties.

If you are in control of an HMO you need to check with us to see if it requires a licence.

If your property should be licensed but is not, you could be prosecuted and could be fined up to £20,000.

If we discover an unlicensed HMO the landlord will be required to pay a much higher licence fee.”

For more information contact the HMO Licensing Task Force on: 01424 451099, email: hmoteam@hastings.gov.uk or visit: www.hastings.gov.uk/hmo.