London landlord stung with a licensing fine

Another London landlord has felt the full force of the licensing laws, as he is stung with a fine for £7,400 for failing to obtaining a licence to rent his property in Harlesden.

The two bedroomed flat required a five-year selective license, however landlord Errol Roy Thompson filed to process the paperwork which would have allowed him to apply.

Thompson claimed that he had started to fill out the application forms in June 2016, but had failed to complete and pay the £340 licence fee. He initially pleaded guilty at the first hearing last year, but changed his plea at the later trial at Willensden Magistrates Court.

The failed licensing of the property only came to light after the tenants complained to the council about their broken boiler.

Mr Thompson was also sent a letter which specifically told him his property required a selective license. His failure to pay £340 has resulted in fines of more than £7,000 and a criminal record.The law is clear that any landlord who rents out a property in Harlesden, Willesden and Wembley Central needs a selective licence.

Cllr Harbi Farah, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform

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