Two letting agents were fined serious costs over six unlicensed properties, that were unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation.
The property was let to MEO Lettings and Management, which then let the rooms individually.
The HMOs came up to be unlicensed after Thurrock Council officers have visited the properties. HMOs were also overcrowded and not meeting standards.
Colchester Magistrates Court convicted Mews Investments and director Alan Webb to six charges of failing to licence HMOs.
Webb was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £5,011 in costs plus a £100 victim surcharge. His company Mews Investments was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £1,180 in costs plus a £100 victim surcharge.
Peter Guzmicky, of MEO Lettings and Management, also was convicted to the six charges.
His company and him were each fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,180 in costs plus a £50 victim surcharge.
“These two companies are well-established letting agents in the borough and should have been well aware of their licensing responsibilities.” – Barry Johnson said, the councillor for housing at Thurrock.
“This prosecution sends a very clear message that we will not tolerate landlords and letting agents flouting the rules.”- he added.
All of the six properties are licensed now.