Section: Private Sector Housing

Birmingham takes action against HMO landlord in first civil penalty case

Posted 03.09.19
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Birmingham City Council has issued its first civil penalty against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord - following the introduction of the civil enforcement policy earlier this year.

The landlord was ordered to pay £2,000 for failure to appropriately fit the property with fire safety measures.

The property which, housed nine people, was also found to be operating without a license.

While the new policy brings powers to issue fines of up to £30,000, mitigating factors can be taken into account by officers.

In this instance, the immediate co-operation of the landlord with the investigation and the swift completion of the works to the property to a high standard meant that the fine was reduced.

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