Landlord fined over failure to get property licensed

Tim Coglan, Blackpool Council's head of public protection and enforcement

Tim Coglan, Blackpool Council's head of public protection and enforcement

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A landlord has lost his “fit and proper person” status after being found guilty of not adhering to a licensing scheme.

Raymond Owen Baguley, 58, failed to attend the third hearing of his case at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

An application was madeby Blackpool Council that the case against Baguley of Chapel Road, Marton, be heard in his absence.

Baguley was found guilty of failing to have a property he owns in Naventis Court, on Singleton Street, central Blackpool, licenced for letting.

He was fined £750 ordered to pay £350 costs and £75 victims surcharge.

The council’s selective licensing scheme requires that all privately rented properties in a given area have a licence and that landlords show they manage their properties effectively.

It was introduced in a bid to drive up standards of living in the South Shore area.

The decision of the court also means that Baguley is no longer deemed to be “a fit and proper person” to hold a licence by the authority, and must nominate another individual to be an interim licence holder until the property can be properly licensed.

He could also be subject to further legal action if he fails to do so.

Tim Coglan, Blackpool Council’s head of public protection and enforcement, said: “Almost all properties in South Beach are licensed but there are a handful of landlords who have flouted the law.

“Selective Licensing is making an enormous difference in the area and is helping to start to drive up management standards and to address issues of anti-social behaviour through our inspection schedule and work with landlords.

“Those people who are not complying are standing in the way of that work and letting the community down.

“Securing convictions for these offences means that, as well as receiving fines and being asked to pay surcharges and costs, guilty parties are no longer considered fit and proper persons to manage property within the selective licensing area.

“They will therefore incur further cost in having to employ people to manage their properties.

“I hope this will send a message that Blackpool Council is using a determined and stringent approach to improving private rented housing,

“I hope it also shows the large number of progressive, positive landlords who have worked with us that we will not allow those who have refused to do so to get away with it.”