Agent handed bill of £26,000 in overcrowding case is allowed to renew HMO licence

An agent and a landlord have been allowed to keep an HMO licence after being handed record fines.

City Homes Estate Agents and landlord Majaddad Sany Sadiq were fined after 15 people were found living in a five-bedroom home in Peterborough.

Cockroaches and fire hazards were found in the properties.

City Homes were this month fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £6,000 costs plus a victim surcharge of £170.

The landlord was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs plus a victim surcharge of £170.

A spokesperson for Peterborough City Council said that a HMO licence has been granted to the landlord and agent.

The spokesperson said: “This is because the landlord and letting agent made the necessary improvements to the property between our first visit in August 2016 and when we visited again in February this year.

“As a result of the court conviction last week, we now have the power to re-evaluate all licences held by the landlord and agent, which includes mandatory licences which are required to run a HMO and selective licences if the homes fall within the boundary of this scheme.

“The property is now of an acceptable standard and is no longer overcrowded.”

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