Bexhill ‘unfit’ landlord ordered to pay over £12,000 Brighton News

A LANDLORD has been ordered to pay over £12,000 after installing unlicensed and unsafe apartments in a property.

Ryan Antony Otto, director of Otto Investments Ltd of Regent Street in London, was fined by Hastings magistrates for failing to license a house for multiple occupancy and for failing to comply with two notices of improvement issued by the Rother District Council.

Otto, 42, has converted a two-bedroom house at 38 Barrack Road, Bexhill, into five studio apartments and charged tenants between £370 and £470 a month.

In 2018, the landlord was told he needed to apply for a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) license for the property as it had five tenants, but his application was denied as the council ruled he was not a fit and suitable person.

Otto was advised to reduce the number of tenants or find another person to manage the property, but he did not.

Following a complaint from a tenant about the condition of the property in March 2021, officers from Rother District Council inspected the property and served notices requiring Otto to carry out repairs and improvements in areas including improper toilet/shower and electrical installation which had not been inspected. and tested.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on June 14, Otto was fined £6,000 for running an unlicensed HMO and £3,000 for breaching Rother District Council improvement notices.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £190 and to cover council costs which amounted to £3,705.

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This notice was published: 2022-06-23 04:50:00

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