A landlord in Wales has been prosecuted following failures in licensing and safety regulations surrounding her property.
Kaneeza Abid of Newport entered a guilty plea after failing to licence a HMO in Alma Street. Under the Housing Act, she was fined £10,000.
Additionally, Abid admitted a further 10 offences of failing to comply with the Management Regulations of 2006. She was also fined £1,000 for each offence committed.
What’s more, Abid was told to pay council costs of £1,229, plus a victim surcharge of £120.
After inspecting the property on January 22nd, environmental health officers from Newport City Council found that it required a licence and that fire escapes were obstructed with poor lighting.
Welsh landlord fined £20k
Councillor Bob Poole, Newport City Council’s cabinet member for regulatory functions, commented, ‘HMOs are licenced and regulated for a reason. This is about safety. Tenants are entitled to live in accommodation that is safe.’
‘Landlords have that responsibility and the council will not hesitate to take action against those who put tenants at risk,’ Poole added.