A London landlord has been fined £33,000 for failing to apply for the correct HMO licence and carry out legal safety measures.
Merton Council prosecuted Pedro Reis Tenajas and his company London Corporate Relocation Ltd on Tuesday 21 September at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court.
Pedro Reis Tenajas was previously fined £22,000 by Tower Hamlets for issuing sham licences in 2019.
He has now been slapped with a fine of £11,530, to be paid within 28 days, while his company have been ordered to pay £21,750 within the same time period.
This means he has had to cough up £55,000 in fines in the space of just two years.
Martin Whelton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and the Climate Emergency, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this successful prosecution against Mr Tenajas and London Corporate Relocation, especially in light of their track record as dangerous, rogue landlords.
“Merton will continue to aggressively pursue such cases through the courts and take tough action against landlords who wilfully flout the law. I would like to thank our housing enforcement and legal teams for all their hard work in this and other cases.”
He failed to attend the court hearing, along with his co-defendant.
Merton’s legal team told the court that the they failed to apply for the correct license to rent out 11 Braemar Avenue, Wimbledon Park as a house in multiple occupation.
They also didn’t provide the necessary information to those living in the home, while they failed to carry out legally required safety measures.
The court concluded that the failings were extremely serious and have potentially put lives at risk.
It was also noted that the company London Corporate Relocation has been uncooperative and obstructive, providing no accounts.