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Thurrock awarded £27,000 to crack down on rogue landlords

3 January 2020
Thurrock Council has been awarded a share of over £4million to crack down on criminal landlords and letting agents.
The £27,000 government funding will be used to develop a multi-agency approach in targeting landlords operating unregistered care homes that provide residential accommodation to young adults from outside of Thurrock.
The council will work with Essex Police and the Youth Offending Service to take enforcement action against rogue landlords and make sure other councils improve their accountability towards young adults in their care.

Days of action tackle rogue landlords in Corringham and Purfleet

17 December 2019
Thurrock Council is warning private landlords renting shared houses or flats in the borough to ensure their properties are licensed correctly.
The council’s Private Housing team held a day of action on Wednesday 20 November in Corringham, and another a week later on Tuesday 3 December in Purfleet, to crack down on private landlords renting unlicensed shared houses or flats to three or four unrelated people – known as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Landlord fined over appalling conditions of shared house

13 August 2019
A South Ockendon landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after failing to provide adequate living conditions for his tenants.
Alex Oladineji Olayinka was found guilty of violating 6 regulations designed to protect tenants living in a house in multiple occupation (HMO) and failing to undertake remedial works to a property in Foxglove Road, South Ockendon at a trial at Southend Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday (7 August).

Landlord and managing agents fined over terrible condition of shared house in Grays

19 June 2019
Rogue landlords and their managing agent have been fined a total of almost £5,000 after forcing their tenants to live in unacceptable conditions in a shared house in Grays.
Devinder Singh Rai and Sohan Singh Rai, both of Upney Lane, Barking, were found guilty of failing to return information about a house in multiple occupation (HMO) and failing to maintain the property in good repair when they appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court last Thursday (13 June).

Landlords reminded of imminent new licensing scheme

16 May 2019
Landlords in Thurrock are being reminded to apply for a licence ahead of the launch of a new scheme to improve the conditions and management of shared homes.
Thurrock Council's additional licensing scheme starts on 1 June and will require private landlords and managing agents renting shared houses or flats to 3 or 4 unrelated people – houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) – to be licensed in certain parts of Thurrock.

Plans to introduce additional licensing of shared houses and flats approved

18 January 2019
Tenants renting rooms from private landlords in certain parts of Thurrock will soon be protected from poor living conditions and unsatisfactory management standards under a new scheme.
Thurrock Council’s Cabinet this week (Wednesday 16 January) approved plans to introduce additional licensing to specific parts of the borough where there are higher numbers of private landlords renting small shared houses and flats to 3 or 4 tenants from more than one household, known as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Letting agents forced to pay combined £26,000 after licensing breach

10 December 2018
Two letting agents have been fined thousands of pounds after putting their tenants at "completely unnecessary risk" by overcrowding and failing to licence 6 shared houses.
The houses in Martello Close, Grays were bought by Mews Investments Limited in April 2017 and let to MEO Lettings and Management Limited, which then individually let the rooms.

One month left to have your say on licensing of shared houses and flats

21 August 2018
People are being reminded to give their views as Thurrock Council considers introducing an additional licensing scheme for private landlords renting rooms to tenants.
The council is considering introducing additional licensing in specific parts of the borough where there are the highest numbers of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) to help protect tenants and support landlords.
Although most landlords operate responsibly, there is a small minority that does not provide adequate living conditions and has unsatisfactory management and maintenance arrangements in place.

Landlord fined £2,500 after failure to licence shared house

13 July 2018
A landlord has been fined £2,525 after failing to licence her property and providing inadequate living conditions for her tenants.
Adeola Makinde was found guilty of failing to licence her property in Norfolk Place, Chafford Hundred, as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) following a trial at Basildon Magistrate's Court on Monday (9 July).
The court heard that Thurrock Council had been requesting a HMO licence application from Makinde since 2014, but no application was made.