Both a letting agent and a landlord have been fined after prosecutions over an unlicensed HMO.
The three-storey property was owned by a married couple who rented out their family home while they worked as teachers in China.
They intended to use it again as a home on their return.
They used Beresford Adams, a Countrywide brand, who let it to two brothers, a friend and one more person.
This meant that the property became an HMO, as it was used by three or more people from two or more households.
The property had been inspected by a health and housing standards officer at Wrexham Council, after a complaint about repairs.
The property was found to be an HMO, which the council said meant that fire safety measures would have to be installed and other works carried out.
Beresford Adams pleased guilty at Wrexham Magistrates Court to a number of breaches, including inadequate fire safety measures.
The firm was fined £22,500 – £7,500 for each of three offences – plus £2,819 costs and a £107 victim surcharge.
Meanwhile in a hearing at Mold Magistrates Court, landlord Jane Sabio was fined £5,000 for being in control of the same unlicensed HMO.
She was also ordered to pay costs of £1,697 plus a £170 victim surcharge.
The Sabios had been left facing a bill of up to £21,000 to bring the property up to compliant HMO standards.
Her defence solicitor told the court that the couple could not afford this bill and had no option but to plead guilty.
District Judge Gwyn Jones said the house appeared to be in good order, but highlighted the problems of letting out a property to more than one family unit.
The Sabios are said to be now selling the property.