A lettings agency and two directors have been ordered to pay £25,000 fine for managing a four-bed home containing up to 27 people.
According to the Ipswich Star, Jay and Ralph Bernard, directors of Masons Estate, had denied managing the property in Harland Street as an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
Jay and Ralph Bernard also failed to respond to notices requiring information about the property alongside 17 Housing Act breaches which included failing to maintain a fire escape.
The directors, as well as the St Helen’s Street firm, were sentenced on 9 January. At sentencing, the firm was fined £10,000, plus £7,847.80 costs, Jay Bernard was fined £3,500 plus £1,500 costs and Ralph Bernard was fined £1,500 and £500 costs.
Joe Bird, the prosecutor said conditions at the property were “squalid and dangerous” as Ian Persaud, mitigating, claimed neither Jay or Ralph Bernad had known about the state of the property alongside the firm.
He said: “These cases normally concern defendants who knew something should have been done and failed to deal with it.”