£30,000 fines for rogue landlords
Rogue landlords could be fined up to £30,000 after East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s cabinet backed new penalties.
Cabinet members signed off on allowing officers to issue the fines, made available under the 2016 Housing Act, as an alternative to lengthy and costly court proceedings.
East Riding Council’s housing lead Paul Bellotti told the cabinet the fines would compliment other measures available to tackle negligent rentier practices.
The council’s Safer and Stronger Communities Committee previously heard housing teams uncovered living conditions that included 31 migrant workers living in a Goole home one officer dubbed a “death trap”.
Private housing safety manager Chris Dunnachie told the committee other finds included dry rot “eating alive” an elderly couple’s Bridlington flat building while making the case for the penalties.
Council leader Richard Burton said it was important all measures that could be used were taken against rogue landlords after members approved the fines.
Cllr Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children and young people, said: “Rogue landlords can impact significantly on our most vulnerable residents.
“This is a useful tool to have in our tool kit.”
Mr Bellotti said the council was also set to probe multiple occupation homes in its wards after the committee previously heard many, including the Goole property, were unlicensed.
A report to cabinet stated four prosecutions of landlords since the 2016 act came into force had cost the council £3,251 each on average, with courts later awarding them back.
The council will be able to fine anything up to £30,000, with penalties determined by the severity of the case, landlords’ track records and harm caused to tenants.