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Colin Charvis's £1,450 Fine For Property Licence Failures

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I posted on here a few years ago that Welsh rugby players were getting into BTL in a big way in Swansea. Looks like two of them have been fined for not keeping up with HMO regulations.

From reading the articles though the fines do not appear that much compared with the, I assume, potential income. IMPO such fines should be much heavier.

http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Colin-Charvis-s-1-450-fine-property-licence/story-13083541-detail/story.html

FORMER Wales rugby captain Colin Charvis has been fined after he failed to comply with housing regulations for a property he was renting out to students in Uplands.

The 38-year-old star admitted that he failed to license the two-storey house. He also pleaded guilty to 13 offences of failing to comply with regulations under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) (Wales) Regulations 2006.

Sarah Thyer-Hughes, prosecuting at Swansea Magistrates’ Court, said the property first came to the attention of the council when on August 9, 2010, a complaint was received regarding fire doors slamming at the multi- occupancy property.

A letter was sent to Charvis informing him that no HMO application had been received by the council for the address.

Mrs Thyer-Hughes said Charvis then submitted the application but a passport photo and a gas safety certificate had not been included, so the form was returned to him and he was given 14 days to resubmit it.

On February 8, environmental health officers visited the address in Le Breos, Uplands, and found the property was occupied by five people.

“It was in a poor state of repair and there were numerous failings under the regulations,” said Mrs Thyer-Hughes.

The breaches of the regulations at the property include that Charvis did not ensure that “all means of escape from fire” were free from obstruction and “maintained in good order and repair”.

In addition, the former British and Irish Lions player failed to ensure that “all common parts” of the property “were maintained in good and clean, decorative repair” and that the water supply and drainage system were kept in good, clean, working condition.

Andrew Siversten, defending, said: “Firstly, there was no injury to persons living in the property.

“My client has fully acknowledged breach of the regulations.”

Magistrates heard that there was currently no one living at the property, and that all of the work that needed doing had been completed, apart from the fitting of a window which was imminent.

“Mr Charvis has told me that (on completion) he will contact the authority direct to arrange the last inspection so he can hopefully get his licence,” said Mr Siversten, who added that the address was a student property.

He said it was his opinion that Charvis could have disputed “a number of the allegations raised”.

“He was made redundant last year,” said Mr Siversten.

“He has no income at the moment. He occasionally does work for the BBC, but only the Six Nations which is limited to six times a year.

Charvis was fined £1,450 with £750 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

And a second ex-Wales rugby player...

http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Ex-Wales-rugby-player-bother-rented-homes/story-13084441-detail/story.html

Ex-Wales rugby player in bother over rented homes

A LANDLORD and former Wales International rugby player has appeared in court for failing to licence four properties.

David Weatherley, of Wellfield Road, Bishopston, also admitted 40 offences of failing to comply with regulations under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) (Wales) Regulations 2006.

Swansea Magistrates' Court heard the offences related to two-storey houses in Norfolk Street and Cromwell Street and three-storey properties in Terrace Road and St Alban's Road — all in Mount Pleasant.

Prosecutor Sarah Thyer- Hughes, said the council considered Terrace Road and Cromwell Street as "particularly high-risk" properties.

In relation to both addresses Weatherley, who played rugby for Swansea and Ebbw Vale, failed to ensure that "means of escape from fire were kept free from obstruction".

His solicitor Tim Jones told magistrates that such breaches were difficult to manage, as that if, for example, a chair was in front of fire escape areas, then that would amount to a breach.

He said Weatherley was in the process of rectifying all of the issues raised by the council.

Weatherley faced breaches in relation to each of the properties. Some of the breaches included failing to ensure that "every fixed electrical installation was inspected and tested at intervals not exceeding five years", failing to ensure that "water supply and drainage systems serving the HMO was maintained in good clean and working condition" and failing to ensure that hand rails and banister were kept in good repair.

He was fined £400 with £740 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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I posted on here a few years ago that Welsh rugby players were getting into BTL in a big way in Swansea. Looks like two of them have been fined for not keeping up with HMO regulations.

From reading the articles though the fines do not appear that much compared with the, I assume, potential income. IMPO such fines should be much heavier.

http://www.thisissou...tail/story.html

And a second ex-Wales rugby player...

http://www.thisissou...tail/story.html

“He has no income at the moment. He occasionally does work for the BBC, but only the Six Nations which is limited to six times a year."

Ahh, well that's alright then. Our esteemed and diligent Bank of England members work 12 days a year and get paid £180k each for the privilege of graces their offices with their presence.

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