The week that Rent Smart Wales goes live, licensing is very much at the forefront of everyone’s mind. None more so than for one London landlord.
Elston Tuitt, of London N16 was prosecuted and ordered to pay a £12,000 fine, as well as over £12,000 in court costs after he was found guilty of failing to license three properties in a block of flats in Waltham Forest.
Tuitt invoked a legal procedure against Waltham Forest Council, after arguing that because all three properties were in the same block of flats, he only required one licence. He lost the case and was prosecuted for failing to licence all three properties correctly.
The council require all landlords to hold a licence for each property they rent out, and actively enforce the scheme. Landlords who refuse to license their properties face prosecution.
Waltham Forest Council has issued over 19,300 licenses to landlords since the launch of the scheme. Since the scheme was introduced in February 2016, over 40 landlords have been prosecuted for failing to licence their rented property, or for breaching licence conditions.
The majority of responsible landlords in the borough have responded well to the scheme, and we will continue to take action against anyone who thinks they can avoid obtaining a licence for their property. The use of licensing is helping us to drive up standards in the private rented sector and reduce anti-social behaviour across the borough.Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet member for Housing
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