Landlord fined £20,000 over illegal flats
A landlord who converted a house into flats without permission was fined £20,00 and order to pay costs to the council.
After complaints from residents, council officers served notices of compliance on the landlord, who had converted two houses into 4 and 5 flats. The landlord ignored the served notices and then taken to court for failure to comply with the enforcement notice under Section 179 (2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The landlord in question failed to turn up in court to answer the charge and was later arrested by police warrant. In court, on September 2010, the landlord pleaded not guilty, claiming he was unaware of the notices served on him and that the properties were already converted when he bought them.
The court rejected the landlords defence and he was found guilty and fined £10,000 for each house. A message from Nilgun Canver, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said “Landlords must comply with notices and we will take action if they do not. Unauthorised conversions can cause problems for neighbours and we ask landlords to work with us to mark sure their properties comply with legislation.