A round up of recent HMO prosecutions and fines.
Father and son landlords Sabbir and Asif Veshima were fined £750 for failing to licence an overcrowded house in multiple occupation (HMO) where 11 people were living.
Magistrates at Stroud, Gloucestershire, heard that the tenants lived on the landings and staircases due to lack of space and that escape routes in case of a fire were blocked.
Sabbir Veshima had already had a warning from the Gloucester City Council that the house was only suitable for five tenants.
HMO landlord Bobby Fasogbon was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,119 after admitting 23 housing management and safety offences relating to just one property.
Fasogban, 46, admitted the charges at St Alban’s Magistrates Court relating to an HMO in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
Ashraf Suleiman Salim El-Hosny, 31, must pay fines and costs totalling more than £18,000 after admitting poorly managing an HMO in Oxford.
Oxford magistrates were told the house was in a bad state of repair and failed to meet safety and licensing standards. Three tenants were living in the home.