A rogue landlord who rented out properties to Birmingham students has been hit with a £20,000 fine.
David Delaney Hall, who owns more than 20 properties in Selly Oak, was prosecuted by Birmingham City Council after he failed to obtain Multiple Occupation Licences from the local authority.
Delaney Hall, of Woodbourne Road, Edgbaston, was found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court for failing to apply for licences for six of the rental properties located on Coronation Road, Heeley Road and Rookery Road.
He was fined £3,000 per property along with costs of £2,000 after “ignoring” advice by the council to apply for the licences.
The permits set out basic safety conditions in the private rental sector. They include guidelines on gas, electric and means of escape from a fire.
Council housing chief Coun John Lines said: “I am determined to ensure all Birmingham tenants, including students who often have to share accommodation with a number of other individuals, live in safe housing and my officers gave the landlord every opportunity to apply for a licence.
“The council has now licensed over 1400 properties and I recognise there are many good landlords in Birmingham but there is no room for landlords who fail to comply with the law and put their tenants’ lives at risk.”
Delaney Hall owns a total of 21 student properties, some of which he owns outright and others owned by Abrex Ltd and SJA Properties Ltd, companies on which he serves as a director alongside his wife.
Since April 2006, there has been a requirement to licence houses of three storeys or more, occupied by five or more tenants, who have no family connection and share amenities such as a bathroom.