Failure to obtain HMO licence sees landlord fined thousands

A rogue landlord has been fined thousands of pounds after a health inspection revealed that he had failed to obtain a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence.

Mr Oner Arslanboga was fined £5,600 and ordered to pay costs of £870 after Environmental Health Officers brought legal action against both him and letting agent South East Residentials following a health inspection.

A Court heard that rooms at the London property failed to comply with the most basic housing regulations under the Housing Act 2014, and breached Management of House of Multiple Occupations Regulations 2006.

Mr Arslanboga had previously claimed that the property was not an HMO, in a bid to avoid costs involved with obtaining a licence.

However, an environmental health inspection revealed that all five rooms of the premises were occupied by at least one tenant who claimed that they did not know the occupants of the other rooms.

At least three of the tenants present told inspectors that they had paid rent to Mr Arslanboga.

A Court heard that the majority of the rooms in the property were missing smoke detectors and were very poorly maintained.

Mr Arslanboga and lettings agent South East Residentials were both found guilty of failure to obtain an HMO licence, and numerous breaches of housing regulations.

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