Multi-agency operation hits suspected rogue landlords in late night operation
Housing officers last night carried out a series of late-night visits to a number of suspected illegal Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
The visits follow an announcement that the council and ENGIE had been awarded almost a quarter of a million pounds to tackle so-called rogue landlords in the borough.
Council and ENGIE officers, accompanied by officers and PCSOs from Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue, and the Home Office visited four properties in Immingham and carried out safety inspections, as well as interviewing the tenants.
Council and ENGIE officers will now assess their findings and decide what further action can or should be taken.
Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for housing at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “A number of properties in our borough are registered as Houses of Multiple Occupation, but there are many that are not registered, and do not abide by the law.
“In some cases, rogue landlords cram in as many tenants as they can, and do not ensure that their property meets the required safety standards.
“These visits follow many months of hard work by council and ENGIE officers to ensure that the people living in a property are who they claim to be, that there are not too many individuals in the property at any one time, and that the house meets the required standards.”
A property housing three people forming two households is classed as a HMO. HMOs must meet the legal safety requirements of a property housing multiple people, including interlinked fire alarm systems, thumb-turn locks, and the correct waste disposal facilities.
If you own or rent a HMO and are unsure whether it meets the required standards, contact the Home Improvement Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01472) 32 4727.