Landlords pay hefty price for dodging licensing laws

At a separate hearing on the same day Mohammed Asher of Lancaster Road , Salford , was charged in his absence to pay a £750 fine, £1,432 in costs and a £15 victims of crime surcharge.

Rafter was convicted of renting properties without a licence on Leegrange and Nepaul Road in Harpurhey and Asher for a property on Maida Street in Gorton. Every privately rented property in these areas requires a licence.

Manchester Council contacted both landlords on a number of occasions advising them of the licensing scheme and requested they apply for a licence.

Rafter has now made steps to obtain licences for two properties.

Asher has yet to apply for a licence and runs the risk of the Council taking over the management of his property, as well as further legal action.

Councillor Paul Andrews, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services said: "Selective Licensing protects residents from unscrupulous landlords who do not manage their properties properly and do not take their position as landlord seriously.

"We have given these landlords every opportunity to apply for licences and these convictions should warn other landlords; if they do not act responsibly and meet their legal obligations, we will prosecute."

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