We take the safety of private rental tenants very seriously.
In most cases an informal approach can help us to to address safety concerns between tenants and their landlords, but sometimes it's necessary to prosecute in order to ensure landlords comply with regulations, and to safeguard the health and wellbeing of tenants.
Cases against private landlords
Our Housing Standards and Adaptations Team have successfully prosecuted private landlords on various occasions.
Previous prosecution case examples
- In November 2014, a landlord pleaded guilty to the offence of 'failure to licence a house in multiple occupation' and was fined £10,000 by Magistrates, plus a £120 statutory surcharge and £1,755 prosecution costs - see details in the York Press article (1 December 2014).
- In October 2011, Magistrates fined a landlord £10,000 and ordered him to pay the council £1,216.50 in costs, plus a victim surcharge of £15 for failure to licence a house in multiple occupation - see details in the York Press article (22 October 2011).
- In November 2009, Magistrates fined a landlord a total of £2000 and ordered him to pay the council £1000 in costs for failure to licence a house in multiple occupation, breach of Prohibition Order and failure to maintain a safe and effective fire detection system - see details in the York Press article (27 September 2010).