Unlicensed landlord fined
AN unlicensed landlord has been fined ₤8,000
plus costs by a District Judge in Liverpool.
Liverpool's Landlord Licensing Scheme came into force last year 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.
Shane Tennyson, of Primrose Street in Belfast was convicted at Liverpool
Magistrates Court of renting out an unlicensed property in Maxton Road in
He was also convicted of a 2nd charge of not providing Liverpool City Council
with information about the house by failing to comply with a legal notice served
Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing, said:- "It must be stressed
that a large proportion of landlords are working very positively with us and are
abiding by the rules around licensing. However, there are still landlords who
have refused to engage and have not signed up, and it is those that we are now
targeting. The level of the fine shows that the Courts take this issue extremely
seriously and are willing to hit landlords hard in the pocket. Mr Tennyson is
facing a bill of almost ₤9,000 instead of the ₤400 it would've cost him for a
licence. Our message to those landlords that haven't signed up is that you are
committing a criminal offence and if you don't engage you will get a big bill in
Deputy District Judge Monroe found Tennyson guilty in his absence after he
failed to attend this, and an earlier hearing, despite the Court having written
to him about the matter.
He was fined ₤5,000 for operating an unlicensed property and ₤3,000 for failing
to comply with the notice served on him.
He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of ₤120 and the City Council's
legal costs of ₤820.23 within the next 14 days.
Current and prospective tenants can access a database
to see if their landlord has started the application process. Almost 8,000
landlords responsible for more than 44,000 properties are already engaged with
the Landlord Licensing scheme and it has the backing of campaign groups including:- Shelter and
of kin appeal for Dorothy Caines from Southport
SEFTON Coroner's Office has issued an appeal to the public
for help in tracing the next of kin of 82 years old, Dorothy Caines, who sadly
died, on Monday, 9 January 2017. We are told that was recently found deceased at
her home on Milton Street, Southport. There are no suspicious circumstances
surrounding Dorothy's death. Any family members or persons with information are
asked to contact Coroners Officer Stephen Craig on:- 0151 777 3 422 or send an
North West Ambulance Service
Awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Improving A&E Care
A brand new course is on offer for anyone who wants to uncover
their family tree and learn more about the history of Liverpool. For the 1st
time, Liverpool Record Office all set to run a special 5 week course, which
starts on Monday, 13 February 2017, from 2pm to 4pm, to give people all the know
how they need on how to trace their family tree, giving them a guide to how to
use Liverpool's Record Office including accessing school and housing records as
well as giving access to amazing archived Liverpool images. 'In My
Liverpool Home' will be delivered by Central Library's experienced and
knowledgeable team, it will give people the opportunity to view and understand
how to access archives which date back to the 13th Century, and will also
provide a rare chance to see behind the scenes and visit the purpose built
repository and conservation studio. Taking place on the 4th floor of
Central Library each week of:- 'In My Liverpool Home' will cover:-
► Week 1 – A guide to the Record Office and its
unique resources and how to use them.
► Week 2 – Learn about school records which also
includes industrial schools which were for children who had lost one, or both,
► Week 3 – Look at the impact of the workhouses
► Week 4 – This will introduce people to the
resources available at the library for discovering the history of houses and the
conditions most working class people had to live in.
► Week 5 – This will give people the opportunity
to see a photographic history of Liverpool, dating back to the 1850's.
The course will take place each Monday, from 13 February 2017 until 13 March
2017 and each session costs ₤25. If anyone signs up to the entire course they
only pay ₤100!
Advance booking is essential and this can be done either by
giving your full name, contact details and stating clearly which week you'd like
to attend or whether you would like to take part in the full course.
Applications can also be made via post to:- In My Liverpool Home, Record Office,
Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EW. Enquiries can also be
made at Central Library. Payments can be made on the day of the course.
Assistant Mayor and cabinet member responsible for libraries, Councillor Wendy
Simon, said:- "'In My Liverpool Home' will undoubtedly be a fascinating
course and is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about their own family
history and that of Liverpool. The knowledge and skills of the team at Central
Library are second to none, and this is a great opportunity for people to learn
some genealogy skills to help them trace their family roots and also to discover
more about the City. Uncovering a family tree is a fascinating process, and to
kick start that journey in the beautiful surroundings of Central Library under
the guidance of a team of experts will undoubtedly make this course incredibly
Central Library Researcher, Roger Hull, said:- "This course will enable
people to see and handle original archives, many of which they might not know
about. They will also see the fascinating and sometimes tragic history of so
many Liverpool lives."