05 Aug 2016

Housing and Planning

Landlords fined for not having the correct licences

Two private landlords have been found guilty of failing to obtain the appropriate licenses for their properties.

Mr Jagtar Kandola and Mrs Jagdish Kandola, who own a number of properties in the Stapleton Road licensing area, were ordered to pay more than £38,000 in fines and costs.

At Bristol Magistrates Court, Mr and Mrs Kandola were convicted, in their absence, of offences under the Housing Act 2004 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

They were also found guilty of failing to comply with notices requesting them to provide documents and information to the council.

In April 2013 Bristol City Council declared a licensing scheme for private rented properties within the area of Stapleton Road, Easton and surrounding streets.

Licensing places conditions on the landlord or agent to ensure that minimum property standards are met and that good management practice is delivered. The scheme requires properties that are rented by private landlords to be licensed by Bristol City Council.

Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is an issue the council take very seriously, and we were pleased to see that the fines handed out in this case reflect the nature of this problem.

“The council has set up licensing schemes to tackle poor quality management and improve the conditions of private rented properties in those areas.

“We will not tolerate poor quality accommodation being rented out to vulnerable households and will use the full force of the law to tackle poor housing conditions or landlords operating unlicensed properties.

It is essential that landlords in the private rented sector with properties in the Stapleton Road area realise the importance of ensuring that their properties are licensed with the Local Authority.”

A second scheme in Eastville and St George is now operational.  Landlords have until 30 September 2016 to make applications to licence rented properties in this area. So far 450 applications have been received. Applications can be made by going to the Bristol City Council website https://www.bristol.gov.uk/licences-permits/property-licences-for-landlords

It is an offence to operate a licensable property without a licence, conviction could lead to a fine of £20,000.