Fine upheld for Newport landlord
5:30pm Tuesday 5th March 2013 in News
A LANDLORD had a fine of £12,500 upheld after he abandoned an appeal against his conviction for failing to license a house in multiple occupation, according to the city council.
Sajad Iqbal, of Bailey Street, was prosecuted by the city council and convicted in his absence at Abergavenny Magistrates’ Court, Newport council said.
He later appealed but withdrew from a hearing at Newport Crown Court. An appeal against other offences relating to the same property was allowed.
Landlords who rent properties to three or more people not part of the same family need an HMO licence from the council.
Failing to obtain a licence is a criminal offence and carries a maximum fine of £20,000.
Councillor Gail Giles, cabinet member for licensing and statutory functions, said: “This is an important safety law to ensure that only properly maintained and run properties are let to the public.
The authority provides advice and assistance in order to enable landlords to comply with legislation; however, we will not hesitate to prosecute those who choose to ignore the law.”