Fine of £7,000 for Woking Landlord
By |Published On: 19th May 2015|

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Fine of £7,000 for Woking Landlord

By |Published On: 19th May 2015|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

A landlord in Woking, Surrey has received a £7,000 fine and been ordered to conduct 200 hours of unpaid work after his property did not have the required House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence.

Fine of £7,000 for Woking Landlord

Fine of £7,000 for Woking Landlord

The rental property, owned by Pervez Akhtar, also breached fire safety regulations.

Akhtar put his tenants at risk due to the lack of safety precautions, including not having a suitable fire alarm system, Redhill Magistrates’ Court was told.

The three-storey home was rented to individual tenants and therefore must have an HMO licence from the council.

Akhtar had been contacted by the council of several occasions, but did not apply for the licence. He provided the council with false tenancy agreements, meaning he could avoid licencing.

Woking Borough Council’s Housing Standards Manager, Neil Coles, says: “Woking Borough Council will not tolerate the actions of private landlords who put their tenants at risk or think they can provide us with false documentation.

“They should not underestimate the seriousness of failing to comply with their legal obligations, which, as in this case, could lead to a significant fine.”1




About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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