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Successful prosecution of a Flintshire private landlord

Published: 24/07/2018

Flintshire County Council’s Environmental Health Officers have successfully prosecuted a Flintshire landlord who has been found guilty of several offences under housing legislation designed to protect tenants in the private rented sector.

Hayden Rogers failed to attend court, but the case proceeded in his absence and he was found guilty of offences relating to the Old Quay House, a house of multiple occupation (HMO) in Connah’s Quay.  There had been a multi-agency inspection of the property last year.

Mr Rogers was convicted of not having a mandatory HMO licence and was fined £2,000.  He was found guilty of eleven breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Wales) Regulations 2006 – a fine of £1,000 per breach.  He was also ordered to pay Flintshire County Council’s costs of £2,433 along with full legal and statutory charge costs, for a total fine of £15,633.

When handing down sentence, the Magistrate had said:

“… regardless of improvements now made since the initial inspection, the conditions identified by the Environmental Health Officers were appalling …”

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Protection, Councillor Chris Bithell, said:

“This is another positive result – a successful prosecution of a landlord in the private rented sector who has not complied with the required legal standards.  It reflects Flintshire County Council’s commitment to ensuring homes in the private rented sector are in good repair and have all the necessary amenities.”