Landlord had no licence

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A LANDLORD who rented out a home without proper papers has been fined.

Paul Piasecki admitted failing to obtain the required licence for a property he rented out at James Street, in Easington Colliery’s Wembley Estate.

He was fined £700 by Peterlee magistrates and ordered to pay £330 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The area is covered by a Selective Licensing scheme, set up on February 2009 by Durham County Council to ensure properties are well managed.

It also helps raise standards and to reduce antisocial behaviour.

Under the scheme, landlords must obtain a five-year licence for each property they rent out.

The authority says they are only granted to landlords who can demonstrate good management arrangements and pass a “fit and proper person” test.

Piasecki, of St Andrew’s Court, New Elvet, Durham City, rented out the property for two-and-a-half years despite requests to obtain the proper licence.

The court heard he had misunderstood the requirements of the licensing scheme, wrongly believing that he only needed a licence if he changed tenants.

Glyn Hall, head of housing at the council, said: “We are committed to taking action against landlords who do not take their responsibilities seriously.”