Landlord in laws breach

Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman
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A LANDLORD has been hauled through the courts after flouting planning laws for a second time.

Brendan Kiely, director of Hometrader (North East) Ltd, was slapped with a fine of more than £6,000 after he allowed a Blackpool home to be illegally converted into flats.

And Blackpool Council has warned other landlords they will also face heavy penalties if they are caught ignoring the rules.

Council officers first discovered Mr Keily’s house on Exchange Street in the town was being used as four flats in June 2008, breaching a planning enforcement notice requiring it to be a single, family home.

And officers discovered the notice was still being breached when they visited in February this year.

Hometrader (North East) Ltd was fined £6,000 and Mr Kiely was personally hit for £300 after he pleaded guilty on both his own and the company’s behalf of breaching a planning enforcement notice at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.

Coun Gary Coleman (pictured left), the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and urban development, said: “The council will prosecute anyone found to be breaching rules that put Blackpool residents in danger.

“It is obviously important that properties are not converted without obtaining the appropriate permissions, and we want to send out the clear message that if operators don’t work with the authority then we will not hesitate to put them before the courts.”

Mr Kiely could not be contacted for comment.