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Landlord ordered to pay more than £33k in fines and costs over failure to license property

Merton Council has successfully prosecuted a landlord and his associated property agency for letting unsafe properties and operating in an unlicensed manner.

Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court heard the case against Pedro Reis Tenajas and London Corporate Relocation Ltd on 21 September. Neither Mr Tenajas nor his co-defendant attended.

In their absence, the court heard from the local authority legal team how the defendants had failed to apply for the correct licence to rent out a property in Braemar Avenue, Wimbledon Park as a house in multiple occupation (HMO).

Further charges were made that they had failed to legally act as landlords, had not provided information to the property's occupiers, and had now carried out the legally required safety measures for an HMO.

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Magistrates found the case to be proven against Mr Tenajas and noted that the failings had potentially put lives at risk. They also said the company had been uncooperative and obstructive and had provided no company accounts.

The company, London Corporate Relocation, was ordered to pay fines and costs amounting to £21,750 to be paid within 28 days, while Mr Tenajas was hit with a total of £11,530 to pay in the same time span, with a collection order applied to him.

Cllr Martin Whelton, Cabinet Member for Housing Regeneration and the Climate Emergency, said: "We're delighted to have secured this successful prosecution against Mr Tenajas and London Corporate Relocation, especially in light of their track record as dangerous, rogue landlords.

"Merton will continue to aggressively pursue such cases through the courts and take tough action against landlords who wilfully flout the law. I would like to thank our housing enforcement and legal teams for all their hard work in this and other cases."

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