The landlord first received a prohibition order from Reading Council in December 2011 as the basement flat that he was renting out had only a pane of glass in the front door and a tiny window next to it that allowed any natural light into the apartment.
The landlord was caught breaching the prohibition order [see 29 HHSRS Hazards] when he rented out the flat nine months later for a four month period. Not only did he receive a fine of £1,200 he was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120, as well as £603 for legal costs by Reading Magistrates on June 27th when admitting he had failed to follow the order under the Housing Act 2004.
Borough housing leader, Cllr Richard Davies, said: "Reading is working hard to help drive up standards in the private rented sector for the very many tenants in the town. More than one in four households in Reading are private rented sector households, and whilst the vast majority of landlords adhere to the law there are unfortunately some which the council has no option but to take action against.
"Prosecutions such as these serve as a good reminder to all landlords of their responsibilities to their tenants. I understand that in the case of this particular property, further action is now being taken by the council's planning enforcement team to return the flat to commercial use, and that is also good news."
Immigration Act revised 2016 should a landlord or letting agent fail to ensure ALL tenants/occupiers have a righto reside for the duration of the tenancy then they may be fined £3000 for each breach. The Secretary of State may instruct the landlord to remove such persons without the need of a court order by way of reasonable force
Labour market enforcement - restriction on illegal migrants to work. A labour market enforcement undertaking (an “LME undertaking”) is an undertaking by the person giving it (the “subject”) to comply with any prohibitions, restrictions and requirements set out in the undertaking
Under section 42 of the County Courts Act 1984 it is possible for the Court to transfer a matter from the County Court to the High Court for enforcement but leave (permission) of the Court is required first. The transfer time varies from court to court and can take up to 28 days, but normally takes far less. An application to seek permission can be made either at the time of making the possession claim or after possession has been ordered.