Published: 6 January, 2017
A LANDLORD has been ordered to repay almost £40,000 rent received in housing benefit while letting unlicensed flats in Holloway Road.
Islington Council took action to reclaim housing benefit it paid to Landhouse Ltd relating to a house in multiple occupation.
In August, the company admitted operating the property without a licence, and was ordered to pay £14,140 in fines and costs. An inspection by the council environmental health department found it to be overcrowded and poorly managed, with evident fire hazards.
Landhouse was also ordered to pay back to the council £39,000 in housing benefit covering the time the flats were rented without a licence.
Landhouse has now applied for a licence and has agreed to repay the housing benefit, which will be returned to central government.