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A Bath landlord has been ordered to pay a total of £2,600 for illegally letting a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
At Bath Magistrates’ Court on Monday (April 25) Simon Blandini pleaded guilty to once charge of failing to licence a licensable HMO and a second of failing to manage the property.
The prosecution was brought by Bath & North East Somerset Council under the authority’s Additional Licensing scheme.
The HMO in question is somewhere in an area designated by the council within which landlords must apply for a licence if they want to operate an HMO and the level of them is capped at 25 per cent of homes.
The area covers the electoral wards of Oldfield and Westmoreland, a large part of Widcombe and small sections of the adjoining Wards of Bathwick, Lyncombe, Southdown and Twerton.
The Bath Chronicle is awaiting confirmation from the council as to exactly where Mr Blandini’s property is.
As a result of his guilty plea he was ordered to pay a £1,000 fine, £1,500 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.
The council brought the prosecution after inspectors discovered the home was operating without a licence and had fire safety issues, including a defective fire alarm system and a dangerous layout with key locks on bedroom doors which could prevent a quick escape during a fire.
The property is now licenced and remedial works have been carried out to bring the property up to current safety standards.
Read more at the Bath Chronicle