13th May 2015
A landlord who failed to ensure his tenants’ safety has been fined £3,350 after being prosecuted by Coventry City Council.
Junie Liu pleaded guilty to six offences under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 following an inspection of his property in Leam Green, Cannon Park.
The case against the 28-year-old, of Brill Close, also in Cannon Park, was heard at Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
The court heard how officers from city council’s environment and housing enforcement team inspected the property in Leam Green in June last year following a complaint regarding the property’s condition.
The inspection revealed that the property was being used as a HMO with four tenants living there. The property was poorly maintained and of particular concern was the lack of fire safety precautions within the property. At Nuneaton Magistrates’s Court on Tuesday, Liu was fined £3,350 and ordered to pay the council’s costs £1,048, as well as a victim surcharge of £120.
Craig Hickin, the city council’s head of environmental services, said: “Houses in Multiple Occupation, such as bed-sits and shared houses, often have poorer physical and management standards than other privately rented properties. “The people who live in them are often amongst the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society. This type of accommodation is the only housing option for many people, it is therefore vital that they are properly regulated.
“This case is one of several successful prosecutions taken by Coventry City Council against owners of Houses in Multiple Occupation in the past year. “The message is clear: the council will not hesitate to prosecute those who choose to ignore their legal obligations and put tenants at risk.”
Original Source - Coventry Telegraph, 7th May 2015