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Gateshead landlord fined for not holding a licence

Posted on Tuesday 4 July 2017

A Gateshead landlord who failed to apply for a landlord licence has been fined more than £1,000.

The landlord of a number of properties in the town, pleaded guilty to a charge under The Housing Act 2004. He was fined a total of £1,000 with £580 in costs and victim surcharge at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The offence related to failing to obtain a landlord licence for a property on Saltwell Place in Gateshead.

The landlord is operating within one of Gateshead Landlord Licensing areas and the scheme has successfully improved neighbourhoods in Gateshead since 2007. Aimed at areas suffering from anti-social behaviour and poorly managed housing, it was introduced as a way of ensuring that private landlords are managing and maintaining properties effectively for the benefit of their tenants, and addressing any issues of anti-social behaviour.

The Central Bensham Landlord Licensing scheme began in May 2012 and requires all private landlords operating in the area to be fit and proper and obtain a licence from the council to operate. Attached to a licence are conditions which a landlord must comply with to make sure the property and the tenancy are being managed properly and responsibly.

The landlord pleaded guilty to failing to obtain a landlord licence for the property within the central licensing scheme, for which the council had received a complaint regarding disrepair and a complaint regarding refuse accumulating in the rear yard.

This is the second time in a matter of weeks that a landlord has been fined in Gateshead for operating without a licence. Back in May, a landlord operating in Swalwell was fined £500 and ordered to pay £200 costs. The Swalwell Landlord Licensing Scheme began in April 2013 and runs until April 2018 and it is an offence to operate in this area without a landlord licence until the scheme ends.