- September 23, 2015
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Two managing agents in Hatfield, were ordered to pay a total of £42,534 in fines after pleading guilty to 46
offences at St Albans Magistrates’ Court in June.
Odus Ltd admitted 41 management regulation offences relating to fire safety contraventions and disrepair
issues on four properties. It was fined £17,600 and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council was awarded £17,424 in
A St Albans-based company, XS Property Management and Maintenance Ltd admitted to five offences
including failure to license a HMO and not complying with fire safety regulations. They were fined £4,300 and
the council was awarded £3,210.12 in costs.
Executive member for planning, housing and community, Councilor Mandy Perkins said “We are very pleased
with this outcome; it is proof that we will not tolerate managing agents in our borough who compromise the
safety of their tenants, particularly relating to fire safety issues.
“We hugely value the contribution that good quality rented accommodation makes to the local housing
market, but we hope this sends a clear signal to managing agents that they must comply with the law. I would
urge residents to protect themselves by checking their managing agent or landlord is PAL accredited. This is a
council-run scheme, which strives to ensure that accredited managing agents meet their legal obligations.”
The Partnership Accreditation for Landlords (PAL) scheme recognises landlords and agents who meet their
legal obligations and now also include a ‘gold’ standard for those who go the extra mile to provide quality