牛津大學無證房東被要求償還學生84,000英鎊

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牛津大學無證房東被要求償還學生84,000英鎊

一家學生宿舍管理公司因未向市議會申請許可,被責令退還8.4萬多英鎊的租金。

但該公司未能為41套公寓申請多人居住的房屋(HMO)許可證。

一位議會官員在2021年9月檢查了這棟有242個房間的建築後,向該公司提出了這個問題,後來該公司申請並獲得了許可證。

住在無證住處的人可以向房東要求退還租金,這導致44名租戶通過劍橋地方法院的法庭提出集體索賠。

該法庭決定每個租戶應獲得35%的租金退款,這些租金是在無證經營時支付的,總額為84,877英鎊。

法庭認為,雖然大流行病 "打斷了正常的經營方式",但被告是一個 "專業的房東,應該確保有相應的制度"。

然而,它承認沒有獲得許可證是 "不作為,而不是故意的"。

負責住房事務的內閣成員琳達-史密斯(Linda Smith)說,該案件顯示了房東沒有將其文書工作做好的後果。

她補充說:"每個人都應該有一個體面的家,我們的許可計劃在幫助確保私人出租房屋的安全、維護和管理方面至關重要。"

9月1日,該委員會為出租私人住宅以及合租房和公寓的房東推出了一項強制性的許可計劃。


A student accommodation management company has been ordered to refund more than £84,000 in rent after failing to licence it with the city council.

But it failed to apply for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence for the 41-flats complex.

A council officer advised the company of the issue after inspecting the 242-room building in September 2021, which it later applied for and obtained.

People living in unlicensed accommodation can claim back rent from landlords, which led to 44 tenants making a group claim via a tribunal at Cambridge Magistrates' Court.

It decided each tenant should receive a 35% refund of rent, paid while it was unlicensed, totalling £84,877.

The tribunal found that while the pandemic "interrupted normal ways of doing business", the respondent was a "professional landlord who should have ensured there were systems in place".

However, it accepted the failure to obtain a licence was "by omission rather than deliberate".

Linda Smith, cabinet member for housing, said the case showed the consequences of landlords not having their paperwork in order.

She added: "Everyone deserves a decent home and our licensing schemes are vital in helping to ensure that private rented homes are safe, well maintained and well managed."

On 1 September, the council launched a compulsory licensing scheme for landlords who rent out private homes, as well as shared houses and flats.

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