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Landlord without HMO rents to 11 EU migrant workers

Thursday 05 September 2019

An Evesham landlord has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally renting his property out to 11 EU migrant workers.

Four civil penalty notices were issued to the landlord by Wychavon District Council for operating a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without a licence and several management regulation breaches.

It is the first time Wychavon, which did not name the landlord, has used this method of enforcement since civil penalties were introduced last year and it forms part of a crackdown on landlords operating HMOs without a licence.

The move followed a raid on a three-storey property, in the town’s Waterside, by Wychavon’s private sector housing team and the police on March 20 this year.

They found a family sharing a single room, unrelated adults sharing rooms and overall the house was being used by eight adults and three children.

Several hazards were also discovered within the property, including poor internal layout, poorly working fire alarms, no fire doors or compartmentation and the kitchen lacked a working oven.

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