Telford Landlord first in UK to be banned under new law.

Telford Landlord first in UK to be banned under new law.

In a case brought by Telford & Wrekin Council, David Beattie has also been ordered to pay back housing benefit paid to him by Telford & Wrekin Council for two of his former tenants.

The Council applied for a banning order and rent repayment order against David Beattie of Finchale Avenue, Priorslee who a tribunal was told has previous convictions.

At the tribunal hearing in August, The Property Chamber in Birmingham heard that Mr Beattie, was not a fit and proper person to hold a licence for a HMO.

Such a licence is legally required for a rental property in which five or more people live as two or more households.

The tribunal also found that Mr. Beattie had issued a licence instead of an assured short hold tenancy in a deliberate attempt to mislead tenants as to their legal rights and security of tenure. The licences stated to tenants that they could be evicted in 48 hours or fewer.

The tribunal heard that Mr Beattie, knowing he would be refused a HMO licence if he were to apply for it, continued to run a seven bedroom house in Dudmaston, Hollinswood, and advertise rooms to let in it. Inspections carried out by Telford & Wrekin Council officers in 2018 found evidence of five people living there. The Council, in its application to the tribunal, said Mr Beattie was not prepared to sell nor employ an agent to manage any of his properties.

The order means for the next five years Mr Beattie cannot let out a house, be involved in letting or property management. His tenants at his seven properties will, however, be able to stay until the end of their tenancies but they cannot be replaced after they leave.

Mr Beattie has also been ordered to pay back to Telford & Wrekin Council £1,924.65 in Housing Benefit for two of his former tenants from 2018 while the property in Dudmaston was let to five tenants without a HMO licence.

Councillor Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Enforcement, said: “This is a landmark case; the first banning order to be applied since it became part of law more than a year ago.

“It shows how seriously we take the issue of rogue landlords. It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of our officers that once his existing leases expire this, now former landlord, can no longer continue to operate until 2024.”

Housing Minister Rt Hon Esther McVey MP said: “Everyone deserves a decent and safe place to live, and I am determined to crack down on rogue landlords who consistently choose to neglect their responsibilities.

“I welcome the fact that councils like Telford & Wrekin are making use of the powers available to tackle these criminals, forcing them to either raise their standards or leave the sector entirely.”

The council understands that Mr Beattie has applied for leave to appeal the tribunal’s decision.

18 thoughts on “Telford Landlord first in UK to be banned under new law.

  • September 18, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    Konrad Kenny

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  • September 18, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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    I can think of a few this would apply to…

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    Stephen Collins

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:41 pm
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    Mind boggling numbers

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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    Lilli Nicholson

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:59 pm
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    Tom Howtoflow Bradburn

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Louise Wearmouth

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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    Natasha Haftkowycz

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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    James Shuttleworth James Link Darke

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:35 pm
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    Rachel Faulkner

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:46 pm
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    Good let’s hope they crack down on the rest of them.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:55 pm
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    Wrekin housing trust the biggest rogue landlord in town

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  • September 18, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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    Antonio Vendone

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  • September 19, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    If anyone knows dave personally they will know the lengths he goes to… to help others. I was in a bad place mid last year, all this aside… the rogue person hes stated to be. Many of times he helped me further. And went out of his way to make sure tenants were happy and content! Ive also witnessed him do right so many times… im a good jusge of character and he definitely doesnt butter his tenants up and/or lie to them! I always knew where i stood… ive had other landlords who have been completely downright rude and unprofessional. Whenever i had a problem. He was there to listen. What about the main culprits telford & wrekin housing trust!!!! Youll be missed mate… great person and great help!!!

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  • September 19, 2019 at 7:25 am
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    Kathy Fitzgerald

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  • September 20, 2019 at 1:59 pm
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    Good news and I am sure others will follow.

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