Private landlord fined for not properly licensing rented property in Burnley
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The case against Muhammer Ahmed (48), of Wilmslow, Cheshire, was found to be proved in his absence after he failed to appear at Burnley Magistrates’ Court.
He was fined £660 and ordered to pay £300 costs and a £65 victim surcharge for failing to properly license a house in Evelyn Street, Burnley, he owned and rented out.
The prosecution was brought by Burnley Council.
The court was told that the property is in a selective licensing area. Selective licensing was introduced by the council in a number of areas in the borough to help improve management standards of rented properties within the areas. Landlords of properties within selective licensing areas have to apply for a licence from the council.
The court heard that despite numerous attempts by council officers to contact the defendant by email and letter he failed to properly apply for a licence.
Coun. John Harbour, the council’s executive member for housing and development control, said: “We want to work with private landlords to help improve standards for their tenants. In this case the landlord was given every opportunity to do the right thing, apply for a licence, and work with us but he thought he could ignore us. It’s proved to be costly for him.”