Man fined £10,000 after Renting out unsafe Southampton Property

man fined 10000 after renting out unsafe southampton property

At Southampton Magistrates Court on Friday 5 March 2016, Stephen John Roberts pleaded guilty to three charges In relation to 20A Bath Street, a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), of which he is the owner.

He was fined £4000 for failing to licence the property, £2000 for failing to produce a valid electrical safety certificate and £3,300 for failing to maintain the smoke alarms in the premises.  In addition, the court awarded £600 costs to the authority and a victim surcharge of £400.  The total penalty imposed was £10,300.  The Authority offered no evidence on two further charges.

Mr Roberts had a previous conviction for failing to licence the property.

Cllr Warwick Payne, Cabinet Member for Housing & Sustainability at Southampton City Council, said: “The council will continue to deal robustly with landlords who fail to apply for a licence and those who let unsafe homes. At the same time we want to work with responsible landlords by helping them comply with the rules, as they provide a valuable service for the city.”