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Publication date:- 2017-01-06

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Landlord fined for putting tenants at risk

A landlord who refused to sign up to Liverpool's Landlord Licensing scheme, despite a legal notice being served, has been fined.

James Bennett, of Withycombe Road in Warrington, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Magistrate's Court to renting out an unlicensed property in Hawkesworth Street, Anfield. The defendant also pleaded guilty to a second charge of not providing the City Council with information about the house, despite numerous communications from the Council and finally a legal notice served on him.

He has been fined £800 for operating an unlicensed property, £200 for failing to comply with a legal notice and a further £80 victim surcharge. Mr Bennett has also been ordered to pay the Council's legal costs of £625.91. District Judge Lloyd made clear during sentencing that the commission of both offences was a serious matter and that the licensing of private rented properties within Liverpool was a matter of safety.

Liverpool's Landlord Licensing Scheme came into force in 2015 with the aim of driving up standards in the private rented sector, and action is now being taken against those who are still refusing to sign up.

Landlords have to meet a variety of conditions around fire, electric and gas safety rectifying disrepair issues, tackling pest infestations, keeping the exterior in a good state of repair and dealing with complaints about anti social behaviour caused by tenants.

Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Frank Hont, stated:- "As a City Council we are determined and committed to bringing non compliant landlords to task and will take action against those who ignore the law. This not only raises the standards for tenants but creates a level playing field for those compliant landlords in our City. If Mr Bennett had licensed his property as required he wouldn't now be faced with a £1700 fine. This is a real partnership approach and we are working closely with other Council Departments which hold information relating to rental properties, and this approach ensures we can, and will, identify and take action against landlords with unlicensed properties."

Almost 8,000 landlords responsible for more than 44,000 properties are already engaged with the Landlord Licensing scheme.

Current and prospective tenants can access a database online to see if their landlord is on the database.

Landlord licensing has the backing of campaign groups including Shelter and Generation Rent.

You Win Again - The Story of the Bee Gees

DO you remember the songs? Well now you can experience their story! Following its West End debut at the Leicester Square Theatre:- 'You Win Again - The Story of the Bee Gees' will be embarking on its 1st ever nationwide tour.

Immerse yourself into the brothers' hits through the 60's, 70's and 80's, topped off with a glittering array of iconic artists they wrote for, such as Diana Ross, Celine Dion and Dionne Warwick. This spectacular production tells the incredible story of 'The Brothers Gibb' in an all new musical experience through the eyes of their manager.

Follow the band and their lives, through the early charting triumphs and fall from grace onto their meteoric climb back to the to,,,, to become the multi million selling:- 'Super Group' we know and love today.

This breath taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including:- 'Night Fever', 'Stayin' Alive', 'More Than A Woman', 'You Should Be Dancing', 'How Deep is Your Love?', 'Jive Talkin', 'Tragedy', 'Massachusetts', 'Words', 'I've Got to Get a Message to You', 'Too Much Heaven', 'Islands in the Stream', 'Grease', 'If I Can't Have You' and many more!

'You Win Again – The Story of the Bee Gees'
is touring the UK and will be stopping at Southport Theatre, on 11 February 2017. For more information and to book tickets, contact the Box office, on Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0DZ, in person, or by calling them on:- 0844 871 3021. Alternatively go to the Theatre's website.

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