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Landlord ordered to pay £45,000 for letting unlicensed properties

A council has prosecuted a landlord for letting two HMOs without a licence and failing to comply with HMO Management Regulations. Mohammed Ammar Hussain of Hemel Hempstead pleaded guilty to offences relating to two separate properties for failure to apply for an HMO licence, plus three offences of failing to comply with management duties in relation to property conditions - this included a lack of working fire alarms. 

Magistrates have ordered Hussain to pay fines of £13,450, a victim surcharge of £2,000 and £29,856 prosecution costs - a total of £45,306.

In 2022, the properties were discovered by Dacorum council to be operating illegally as HMOs and that there were multiple hazards to residents. In January 2023, the council discovered that two of the properties were still operating as unlicensed HMOs and the landlord had failed to put right all of the hazards.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Our Private Sector Housing team play a vital role in making sure Dacorum residents have somewhere safe, warm and secure to live. We recognise that most landlords are responsible and law abiding, caring deeply about providing the highest standards in their home. However, there is a small minority of landlords who choose not to comply with the law and their tenants suffer as a result.”

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