A private landlord has been fined £2,000 for renting out two properties in Peterborough without a licence which he was legally obliged to obtain under the city council’s selective licensing scheme.

Kevin Wagstaff, who lives in Eye, was found guilty in his absence at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court last week for letting two properties on Atkinson Street and Saltmarsh without a licence, despite it being a requirement under the Housing Act 2004.

Wagstaff must now obtain a licence for both properties. Each licence will now cost £900, instead of £50 or £600 had he applied when the scheme started. He has also been ordered to pay a fine of £1,000 on each charge, in addition to £563 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

This is the council’s fifth successful prosecution to date for the same offence.

Councillor Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities, said: “This case once again demonstrates that it is not acceptable for a landlord to operate in the designated area without a selective licence.

“We would urge all landlords to ensure they are fully aware of all their responsibilities under the law, including our selective licensing scheme.”

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