Julian Hunt

DEFENDING LANDLORDS AND AGENTS PROSECUTED BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES

This article analyses the The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupancy (England) Regulations 2006 and the marvellous language it uses to ensure that managers, whether landlord or agents, of HMO’s are snagged by its catch-all wording.

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I attach an example of a recent written argument in relation to a Housing Act Prosecution. The case concerned whether there existed a reasonable excuse for the fact that the landlord had not licenced the property (in that he had delegated his actions to an experienced letting agent). The document has been redacted in true “MP expenses style” but the central argument is still compelling.

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