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Landlords regularly prosecuted by councils new figures reveal

9 June 2015

Landlords regularly prosecuted by councils new figures reveal


London landlords who mistakenly believe councils do not have the resources to prosecute need to think again as new figures show a landlord faces the courts once every two days in the capital.

In three years, 580 landlords have stood in the dock accused mainly of failing to manage houses in multiple occupation (HMO) according to the law.

The figures were compiled by property consultants London Property Licensing.

According to the study, typical offences committed by landlords covered:

• Ignoring improvement notices to put right serious defects in a rented home

• Ignoring a prohibition order which bans landlords from letting homes subject of some improvement notices

• Renting out an HMO without a licence

• HMO management offences, such as breaching licence conditions concerning overcrowding, fire safety and other factors affecting tenant wellbeing

The data was collected from each of London’s 33 councils as no central database of landlord court cases is maintained.

Landlord Prosecutions in London - April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2014.

Council
Prosecutions
Newham
359
Haringey
57
Camden
20
Redbridge
19
Southwark
15
Tower Hamlets
13
Greenwich
9
Islington
9
Hammersmith & Fulham
8
Lambeth
8
Croydon
7
Hounslow
7
Hackney
6
Waltham Forest
6
Hillingdon
5
Lewisham
5
Barnet
4
Bromley
4
Ealing
4
Wandsworth
4
Westminster
4
Kensington & Chelsea
3
Harrow
2
Kingston upon Thames
1
Sutton
1
Barking & Dagenham
0
Bexley
0
Brent
0
City of London
0
Enfield
0
Havering
0
Merton
0
Richmond upon Thames
0

Source: London Property Licensing