Rogue landlord admits renting substandard houses out without a licence

A Plymouth man has admitted renting substandard houses out to 30 people without being a registered landlord.

John Mayer, of 68, Exmouth Road, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to four cases of failing to apply for a licence to operate a house in multiple occupation as required by the Housing Act 2004. He also failed to comply with improvement notices under the Housing Act 2004, meaning around 12 tenants did not have adequate heating in their accommodation.

Plymouth City Council prosecuted Mayer as part of its ongoing campaign to tackle rogue landlords.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Co-operatives and Housing at Plymouth City Council, said: “We are pleased to have successfully brought this prosecution. It shows once again that we will not tolerate rogue landlords here in Plymouth.

“We have some excellent landlords in Plymouth but cases like this bring landlords into disrepute.

“Our Plan for Private Rented Housing aims to drive up standards in rented housing in the city and this type of court case is just one of the tools we intend to use.”

The Council was one of the signatories to the Charter for Private Rented Housing in March 2015 and part of the Council’s response was the Plan for Private Rented Housing. This includes a 12 point plan to lay the foundations for better quality rented homes. The Charter was agreed in partnership with landlords representatives including South West Landlords Association.

Commitments in the Charter include better training for landlords, raising the profile of the best landlords and letting agents who improve Plymouth’s reputation and that of the private rented sector, and taking enforcement to protect tenants against rogue landlords.