A property company in Nottingham has been fined over £7,000 by the city council for its failure to license six properties.
Bramley Apple Properties Ltd, trading as Jillings Estates was ordered to pay the £7,349 fine last week at the Nottingham Magistrates Court.
The council prosecuted the company after it became aware that properties under its management had not yet been licensed, and the company in question pleaded guilty to six offences of failure to licence under Selective Licensing scheme.
The cost of licensing the six properties would amount to £4,680 for up to five years, whilst rental income across the sites amounted to some £3,595 per month.
The licensing scheme ensures that all landlords and property managers are deemed “fit and proper” by the council, with suitable management structures and funding arrangements.
The council can also work alongside landlords to raise management standards through Selective Licensing.
Cllr Linda Woodings, portfolio holder for planning, housing and heritage, said: “The Selective Licencing scheme has been active in the city for well over a year now, so there really is no excuse for not licencing properties.
“What is particularly disappointing is that this is a professional company failing in their duty.”
She added: “Tenants deserve to live in a certain standard of home, and the licence helps to ensure they get that.
“I hope this puts out a message to other property agents, companies and landlords that if they don’t work with us to licence their properties, then they could face prosecution.”