Short-term accommodation provider fined

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A ‘leading private provider of short term accommodation’ has been ordered to pay over £60,000 after being found to have breached HMO regulations.

Clearsprings Ready Homes’s website boasts that it has been ‘successfully providing short term “ready to move into homes” to central and local Government for over 14 years’, meeting the needs of customers ‘whilst complying with the stringent standards demanded by our contracts and local authority legislation’.

Newport Magistrates did not see it quite that way when they fined the firm for exercising control and management of a Newport HMO without a licence, for failing to produce requested documents without reasonable excuse, and failing to comply with the management regulations applying to the property.

Clearsprings Ready Homes was ordered to pay a total of just over £60,000 in fines and costs.

In reaching their decision the Magistrates did not have the benefit of hearing from Clearsprings which was not represented. The charges were  deemed  proved in its absence.