Samuel Manok-Sanoian has successfully achieved a ‘no further action’ for a landlord in relation to an intended prosecution by a local authority for alleged breaches of section 72 of the Housing Act 2004, which makes it a criminal offence for a person to have control of or manage a house in multiple occupation (HMO) without a licence.

The landlord owned property which, without his knowledge or approval, was being occupied as an unlicensed HMO by more than five people from two or more separate households.

The property in question was being mismanaged by the landlord’s managing agent.

After submitting extensive written representations which demonstrated that our client was not at fault, Samuel was able to persuade the Council that it would not be in the public interest to proceed with any prosecution.

The outcome was a huge relief to our client.

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