21 Oct 2019

Once again the Council prosecutes purely for lack of licences. There is no mention in the following story of the landlord providing substandard accommodation. Decent (but unlicensed) landlords beware and contact Landlord Licensing and Defence if you are in this situation before this happens to you.

A landlord has been fined over £25,000 after admitting 12 licensing offences.

Former professional footballer Dexter Blackstock appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court where he faced charges relating to 12 unlicensed properties he owned and which were required to be licensed under either Part 2 or 3 of the Housing Act.

Ex-Nottingham Forest striker Blackstock, 33, was convicted of nine offences of failing to license properties under the selective licensing scheme.

He also failed to license two properties under the additional licensing scheme – with one other offence under mandatory licensing for another flat.

Blackstock was fined £24,000 with £1,100 costs and a victim surcharge of £170.

Paul James, 54, of Nottingham, who managed the properties, also faces ten charges – seven for selective licensing breaches, two for additional licensing and one for mandatory licensing. His case has been adjourned until November.

The prosecution was brought by Nottingham City Council’s safer housing team.

The court heard that the total rental income for the 12 properties was more than £10,500 a month. It would have cost £12,180 to license them for a period of five years.

Cllr Linda Woodings, portfolio holder for planning, housing and heritage at Nottingham City Council, said: “Properties have to be licensed for a good reason – to provide higher standards, regular maintenance and, most importantly, to make sure that tenants across the city are safe and living in acceptable conditions.

“Mr Blackstock has continually placed his profits over ensuring that these homes were appropriately licensed.”

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