Burnley landlords hit with hefty fines

The fines total more than 27,000
The fines total more than 27,000

Two private landlords have been fined more than £27,000 as Burnley Council continues its fight against “rogue” property owners.

The authority’s housing team has served three notices to landlords for failing to licence their properties under the selective licensing scheme.

The notices relate to three properties in the Trinity and Queensgate selective licensing areas.

The penalties incurred were £12,500 for one landlord and two penalties of £7,500 for another landlord. The landlords have the right of appeal to a tribunal.

National Government legislation, which includes the use of civil penalty notices of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for first time offences, became council policy last year.

Coun. John Harbour, Executive member for housing and environment, said: “The council is always willing to work with private landlords and support them in providing good quality and well managed properties for residents, and I’m pleased to say the majority of private landlords in our borough are professional and follow the rules.

“However there are a number of landlords who don’t follow the rules and don’t look after their tenants properly.

“The use of these powers support the ongoing work that the council carries out to tackle these so-called rogue landlords and sends out a strong message.”

The national legislation introduced civil penalties of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for certain offences, including failure to comply with an improvement notice, offences of contravention of an overcrowding notice, and offences in relation to licensing of properties.

Although £30,000 is the maximum penalty, the actual amount levied should reflect the severity of the offence and the landlord’s previous record of offending.