Jacqui Kennedy, Director of Regulation and Enforcement for Birmingham City Council, said: “Rogue landlords will not be tolerated in Birmingham. Our officers worked hard on this case and will continue to bring irresponsible landlords to justice and protect tenants.
“The council is here to protect tenants and ensure that responsible landlords are supported by ensuring compliance from all landlords in the city and driving rogues out of business.”
Tenants of these Erdington properties – who can prove that they have paid their rent – can make an application for a Rent Repayment Order to the Residential Property Tribunal. The Tribunal can help to recover up to a maximum of 12 months rent paid to their landlords.
Birmingham City Council has issued over 1700 licences, demonstrating there are lots of good landlords in the city. The HMO Licensing Team will continue to enforce the law where necessary and have had a number of successful prosecutions in the Courts. Landlords who are unsure of the licensing requirements should check the Council web site or telephone the team on 0121 303 4009.