Landlord fined for failure to secure a licence

Published: Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A Northampton landlord has been prosecuted and fined for failing to secure the appropriate licence for his property.

At a preliminary hearing at Northampton Magistrates Court yesterday [Tuesday 10 January], Mr Darren Grigas pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to licence a property in Lutterworth Road as a house in multiple occupation. Mr Grigas was fined £1000, ordered to pay full legal costs of £3760.22 and a victim surcharge of £100 within the next 28 days.

The four tenants are now able to pursue a Rent Repayment Order for up to 12 months’ rent.

Councillor Stephen Hibbert, cabinet member for housing and wellbeing, said: “We are trying to improve the private rented sector in Northampton by tackling irresponsible landlords.

“The decision from the court this week shows that we can take decisive, affirmative action to protect renters from the risks associated with unlicensed properties. We will continue to pursue legal action against irresponsible landlords wherever appropriate.”