A group of tenants obtained a rent repayment order for £15,000 from their landlord as a result of a failure to obtain a House in Multiple Occupation Licence (HMO).
This is a cautionary tale for landlords, especially given that tenants are now able to pursue landlords directly (formerly only local authorities could initiate proceedings) under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.
The place was spacious and comfortable. And, since moving in the previous August, there’d been no mould, no mice and – crucially – no one had returned after Christmas to find the landlord snoozing in their bed (a Boxing Day surprise they’d encountered during a previous tenancy). Monthly rent for the five-bed Leeds property was a relatively reasonable £300 per person – bills included. A-year-and-a-half later, however, Ben and his housemates were celebrating after successfully taking their former landlord to court – and winning £15,000 of their rent back.