A landlord from Moseley was ordered to pay a total of £3,586 at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (3 April 2017) for failure to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licence for a student property on Hubert Road in Selly Oak.
Ms Shegufta Noreen, age 44, of Pickwick Grove, Moseley, Birmingham pleaded guilty to not holding an HMO Licence and was fined £315 with £3,240.21 costs and victim surcharge of £31.50
Birmingham City Council’s director of housing, Robert James, said: “HMO regulations exist because of the increased risk of fire in these sorts of properties.
“Noreen failed to apply for a HMO Licence which guarantees that houses are registered and checked. The fee for this is just £1,150 for five years but she now has just 28 days to pay £3,586 which is substantially more.
“I am glad that we have been able to support and protect these vulnerable tenants and bring Noreen to justice through our specialist work on rogue landlords.”
The three storey property in Selly Oak had seven rooms to let. On 24 May 2016 officers from Birmingham City Council’s HMO team visited the property, found six Birmingham University international students living in appalling conditions at the property and began their investigation.