Lincolnshire landlords not loving licensing

Landlords in Lincolnshire are not loving licensing… especially the four who have been landed with a £232,155 fine.

The four are the first landlords to be fined for failing to comply with West Lindsey District Council’s selective licensing regulations, which were introduced in July 2016. They appeared at Lincoln Magistrates court where they were punished for not managing their properties in accordance with licensing specifications.

The most significant fine –£108,000 – was handed to Jagdish Singh of Leicester, who pled guilty for failure to licenses eight of his properties, as well as three offences relating to not complying with improvement notices. The fine is the largest issued to one landlord in the UK for letting a property without a selective licence.

The other three defendants, Gurjit Singh, Balbir Kaur and Harpal Bindra Singh jointly own a number of the unlicensed properties with Jagdish Singh, and already held a number of ‘failure to licence offences’ between them.

The licensing regulations were introduced in 2016 in order to help tackle anti-social behaviour issues within areas of Lincolnshire, and improve property management standards by requiring landlords to comply with more stringent regulations.
Additional licensing requirements can be confusing. With more and more councils across the country exploring licensing schemes, this is becoming a concern to many landlords.

Join the NLA's Local Authority Policy Officer, Gavin Dick and's Adam Male as they shed light on this tricky subject in our free licensing webinar on Thursday, November 14th at 7pm. Whether you have an HMO, own a property that is located within an area with additional licensing regulations, or are concerned about how licensing could impact you in the future, this comprehensive overview shouldn't be missed. Register for free here.

The courts have made it very clear in these prosecutions – that landlords will face tough fines and restrictions if they do not comply with the scheme. The private rented sector is the only option available for some of the most vulnerable people in our area and this action sends a clear message that the council wishes to work with good landlords to improve this sector and identify the poor or criminal landlords.

Cllr Sheila Bibb, chairman of the prosperous communities committee at West Lindsey District Council

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