When a South Tynside landlord tried to evict his tenants rather than get an HMO license he was asking for trouble. And he got it.
When one of his tenants applied for re-housing the Council realised his landlord was acting in breach of the law. The Homelessness Team alerted the Environmental Health Service who tried to contact the landlord. However as this proved impossible, they swiftly took control of the house under an Interim Management Order – introduced under the new Housing Act 2004. This allows them to manage the property until the problems have been resolved, after which it is handed back to the owner.
South Tynside believe that they are the first authority to use these powers. Good for them! I bet they won’t be the last though.