Landlord Gets 24,240 fine Council

Hertfordshire landlord Kevin Taylor has been fined £24,250 after pleading guilty to fire safety offences and not registering a house in multiple occupation (HMO).

Taylor admitted seven offences at Watford Magistrates’ Court on Monday. He was fined £10,000 for not applying for a HMO licence for the property in Horsa Gardens, Hatfield.

A further £6,750 fine was levied for failing to maintain fire escapes, not ensuring the fire detection system met the required standard, not providing the council with certain relevant documents and failing to provide a gas and electric safety certificate.

£7,500 court costs bought the total to £24,250. Taylor will now be barred from holding a HMO licence.

Roger Trigg, executive member for housing and community at Welwyn Borough Council, said: “I am pleased at the outcome of this case. Along with the two other recent successful prosecutions, this demonstrates that the council takes the safety of private tenants very seriously.”