Landlord fined in first case

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A Nuthall landlord has been fined nearly £2,000 for breaching licensing conditions in the first prosecution of its kind in Nottingham.

Permjit Balvinder Kaur, of Highbury Close, Nuthall, was charged with two breaches of a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licence at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday July 16.

Mrs Kaur, 57, admitted the breaches was ordered to pay a fine and costs totalling £3,192.

The HMO licence issued on 57-year-old Mrs Kaur added conditions preventing the use of the cellar at a property in Douglas Road, Nottingham as a lounge as it did not have an acceptable means of escape in the event of a fire.

The licence also limited the number of occupants in the house to six but an investigation by the environmental health team at Community Protection found seven people living there and that the cellar was still being used as a lounge.

Councillor Dave Liversidge, portfolio holder for Community Safety said: “Every citizen has the right to live in a safe and healthy home; this is a priority for Nottingham City Council.

“Just one of the ways of ensuring their safety is tackling landlords who provide unsafe or substandard accommodation.”