Council fines landlords in standards clampdown

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Burnley Council has brought a series of further prosecutions against people responsible for unlicensed rented houses in the borough.

The council has introduced selective licensing areas in parts of the borough to help improve standards for landlords and residents.

In the latest round of courts cases the following actions were taken. All charges relate to the failure by a person responsible for the management or control of a property – to properly license it.

Arthur Manboard, of Fairfield Drive, Burnley, was found guilty at trial in relation to a property in Colne Road, Burnley. He was fined £270, and ordered to pay £1,200 costs and a £27 victim surcharge.

Afsana Jabar, of Hebrew Road, Burnley, pleaded guilty in relation to a property in Waterbarn Street, Burnley. She was fined £205 and ordered to pay £480 costs.

Christopher Paul Greenhalgh, of Kenilworth, Warwickshire, was found guilty at trial in relation to a property in Albion Street, Burnley. He was fined £60 and ordered to pay £160 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The court was told that the council had introduced selective licensing as a way of tackling poor management of private rented properties. Under the scheme, houses within designated areas are required to be licensed.

Clare Jackson, the council’s private sector housing manager, said: “The council works with private landlords in selective licensing areas to ensure that properties are properly licensed and meet the required standards.

“Unfortunately, in these cases, the people responsible for the properties didn’t ensure they were properly licensed.”