Rogue letting agent struck by £30,000 fine

Camden Council carried out raids and advised the fine for the company’s failure to license three homes in multiple occupation (HMOs).

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Crown Managed Properties Ltd and its director, Elliot Gambino, 28, of London, were fined a total of £30,000 at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on Thursday (7th February) for failing to license three homes in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Camden.

According to court reports, Crown Managed Properties Ltd gave sham ‘lodger agreements’ to tenants at unlicensed properties in Camden Road, Penshurst (Marsden Street) and Welford Court (Castlehaven Road).

The letting agents also advertised ‘rent to rent’ rooms on, with one tenant placed in a tiny room with no satisfactory “means of escape”.

There was also inadequate fire detection within all three flats – items that are said to have been addressed had the properties been licensed with Camden Council.

Camden Council had carried out early morning raids in the Autumn of last year, following a complaint about poor management of a HMO.

The court considered the letting agency had made a “healthy profit” and considered the state of the flats, and each defendant was fined £15,000 (£5,000 per offence) and each ordered to pay costs.

Councillor Meric Apak, Cabinet Member for Better Homes at Camden Council, said: “We will not allow a minority to spoil it for most landlords and lettings agents who play by the rules and ensure they are running a properly licensed HMO property.

“We work with them in turn to ensure the property is properly maintained for the good of its tenants.”