An Acton landlord has been fined £30,000 by Ealing Council after ignoring demands for information about a fatal fire at one of his properties.
The council served Daniel Noonan, of Twyford Avenue, Acton, with statutory notices requiring him to provide information about all his properties after a man died during a fire at a House in Multiple Occupation in Whitehall Gardens last May.
Under the Housing Act, landlords of large HMOs – homes where different households share facilities like kitchens or bathrooms – have to obtain a licence from the council. Noonan had a licence for the property, but he was served with notices requiring him to provide further information.
He failed to turn up at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, February 11. The case was proved in his absence and he was fined £30,000 in total for six offences and ordered to pay the council’s £1,105 costs.
Now the council is warning landlords that from April 19 extra licensing requirements will be introduced in six areas of the borough, including Acton, in a bid to crackdown on rogue landlords.
The extra licensing is being introduced in Southall Green, Southall Broadway, Greenford Broadway, South Acton, Acton Central and East Acton wards. These six were chosen because they have the highest concentrations of HMOs and the council receives the highest proportion of complaints from tenants living in those areas.