Landlord is handed £6k bill for flouting vital court orders

A landlord who breached health and safety regulations and regularly flouted court summons has been ordered to pay more than £6,700. Following a trial at Colchester Magistrates’ Court, Colin Smith was found guilty of contravening a health and safety notice requiring a “suitable and sufficient” assessment. Victoria Jempson, prosecuting, said, “A Colchester Council health and

Landlord hit with huge fine

A landlady has been fined £24,000 after lying to her tenants and the local authorities.  Diana Thompson was prosecuted by Brent Council and prosecuted for failure to licence a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and failure to comply with fire safety regulations. Thompson convinced tenants living in her unlicensed, detached two-storey HMO property that she