Hastings Magistrates’ Court has fined a landlord £10,000 after he failed to comply with his duty to license his property under the town’s selective licensing scheme (SLS).
Launched by Hastings Borough Council in October 2015, the SLS is designed to improve conditions, management standards and tenancy practices in seven Hastings wards, namely Braybrooke, Castle, Gensing, Ore, Old Hastings, Tressell and Central St Leonards.
The landlord failed to license a property in Bohemia Road between 26 October 2015 and 19 June 2017. He did not attend the court hearing but was found guilty in his absence and fined £10,000, with £432 costs and a £170 victim surcharge.
Though several other landlords have been fined for failing to license their properties under the scheme, this latest case is believed to involve the largest monetary penalty so far.
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