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Fines total £27,000 for failure to abide by council licensing regime

Two buy to let investors have been fined a total of more than £27,000 under enforcement powers introduced in Burnley for failure to abide by a council licensing regime.

The local council’s housing team served three notices to landlords for failing to licence their properties under the local selective licensing scheme.

The penalties incurred were £12,500 for one landlord and two penalties of £7,500 for another. The landlords have the right of appeal to a tribunal.

A council spokesman says: “The council is always willing to work with private landlords and support them in providing good quality and well managed properties for residents, and I’m pleased to say the majority of private landlords in our borough are professional and follow the rules.

“However there are a number of landlords who don’t follow the rules and don’t look after their tenants properly. The use of these powers support the ongoing work that the council carries out to tackle these so-called rogue landlords and sends out a strong message.”

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