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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-25-11

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Landlord fined for falling foul of Selective Licensing rules

A 'professional landlord' has been ordered to pay nearly ₤5,000 by a court because he failed to obtain a licence to manage a rented property in Wallasey. On 16 November 2017, Mr Philip James Last of Meols Drive, Hoylake was ordered to pay ₤4,952 in fines and costs for failing to obtain a Selective Licence for a rented property in Albemarle Road, Egremont. In summing up District Judge Wendy Lloyd described Mr Last as a professional landlord who took no steps to obtain a licence despite repeated requests from Wirral Council.  The Selective Licensing scheme was introduced in Wirral in 4 areas on 1 July 2015 and so far over 1,300 properties have been licensed which represents over 99% of known licensable properties. The majority of landlords understand that the objectives of the scheme are to improve poor property conditions and management standards in the private rented sector. Licences holders are required to show basic safety checks have been carried out and that they have appropriate management arrangements in place. The prosecution against Mr Last is the latest case brought before the courts by Wirral Council's Selective Licensing team. This case brings the number of prosecutions by the Council against landlords and agents in the Selective Licensing areas up to 27 successful prosecutions. Earlier this month Mr Nigel Russell of Duddon, Tarporley withdrew his appeal to the courts against previous convictions brought by the Selective Licensing team for Housing Act offences and was ordered to pay ₤42,120 in fines and costs.

Cllr George Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing said:- "The Selective Licensing Team will continue to investigate and prosecute owners and managing agents of privately rented accommodation who attempt to evade their responsibilities in applying for the necessary licences or failing to ensure their properties are a safe environment for their tenants to live in. The Council will be undertaking checks on all licensed properties under the scheme to ensure that they meet the required standard and comply with licence conditions in order that the health and safety of often vulnerable tenants are protected."


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