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Oxford HMO landlord fined £11,500

Oxford HMO landlord fined £11,500

An Oxford landlord was handed fines totalling £11,500 when he appeared before Oxford Magistrates Court last week.

Juan Zaide Avila, 48, of Waynflete Road, was prosecuted after Environmental Health Officers from the City Council found that he was renting out a HMO in Nowell Road, Oxford, that was unlicensed and in a poor state of disrepair.

Concerns over conditions at the property and its status were raised when one of the tenants complained to the local councillor for Rose Hill and Iffley, Ed Turner.

Environmental Health Officers from the HMO Enforcement Team visited the property in April this year to follow up and deal with the tenants’ concerns. They determined the property to be an unlicensed and unsafe HMO in disrepair.

Juan Zaide Avila pleaded guilty to being in control of an unlicensed HMO and received a fine of £7,500 for failing to obtain a licence.

He also pleaded guilty to five breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006, and was fined £500 per offence for four offences relating to disrepair and was fined £2,000 for a lack of fire detection and fire doors.

In addition, the magistrate ordered Avila to pay all the council’s costs of £1,124 for bringing the case to court.

Councillor Ed Turner, board member for finance, asset management and public health, said: “I saw this property first hand, and it was in a very poor condition, putting those living there at risk. I am pleased the courts have recognised the severity of the offence with the fines imposed.”