Lambeth Council has sent a clear warning to landlords after a local property owner was fined £400 at Tower Bridge Magistrates Court for failing to licence his property.
Fifty-two year old Abel Chujor from Streatham pleaded guilty to the offence, and was also ordered to pay £750 council costs and a victim surcharge of £15.
His tenants, who lived in Barrow Rd, Streatham SW16, were potentially put in danger following a serious fire at the house last December.
Mr. Chujor didn’t hold a mandatory HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) license for the property which would have ensured that living conditions for tenants were safe and the house was properly managed.
Cllr. Lib Peck, cabinet member for housing said: “This case sends a clear message to landlords that they must make sure their properties are properly licensed. Lambeth Council has a duty to ensure that tenants in multi occupied homes live in a safe and healthy environment and we will pursue landlords who fail to comply with laws to protect these households”.