City of Lincoln Council has proposed revoking the licence of Orange Living Limited, which trades as Loc8me, following a conviction in 2019 for four offences of operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO).
LincolnshireLive is reporting that the council has determined that both Orange Living Limited and its director Raffaele Russo are ‘not fit and proper’ to hold a HMO licence or manage a licensed HMO. The Council is now taking legal action.
The firm was previously called Charlestown Student Properties Limited.
EYE reported in October 2019 that Loc8me was fined £80,000 for HMO failures after an investigation by Charnwood Borough Council which was triggered by a fire in the attic of one of the homes managed by the firm in Loughborough.
The attic blaze was attended by firefighters who found that the smoke detector had batteries missing, and that there were insufficient fire doors.
According to their website, Loc8me now provides student accommodation in Hull, Lincoln, Loughborough, London, Nottingham and Cardiff.
Sara Boothright, environmental health and corporate safety manager at City of Lincoln Council, is reported as saying:
“The council is currently involved in an ongoing legal process with Charlestown Student Properties Limited and Orange Living Limited (trading as Locate8Me).
“It would, therefore, be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage.”
Raffaele Russo declined to comment on the LincolnshireLive story.
Loc8me is the trading name of Orange Living Limited/Orange Bricks Ltd.
The last filed accounts for Orange Bricks Ltd were to 31st March 2019 and showed Capital and Reserves of £32,371.
The last filed accounts for Orange Living Limited were to 31st March 2020 and show a Capital and Reserves figure of minus £499,960 (2018: minus £96,617)