A landlord ran out of chances to buy a licence for his North Ormesby home when he was fined at court.

Kevin Peckover owns the property on Herbert Street, but failed to purchase the required £580 licence from Middlesbrough Council.

The local authority introduced a licensing scheme in North Ormesby in 2016, to crackdown on rogue landlords and tenants causing anti-social behaviour.

Peckover was not at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to hear the council’s prosecutor, Andrew Perriman, explain that he had initially been granted a three month exemption to buying a licence.

He was then granted another three month exemption, said Mr Perriman, as the 52-year-old had claimed he was trying to sell the property.

North Ormesby (Image: Katie Lunn)

But he was approached again in June 2018 when that expired, with the council explaining it was necessary for him to buy a licence as only two exemptions can be granted.

Mr Perriman said that reminder letters were sent in July, but no licence was purchased.

He told the court: “Mr Peckover then attended the North Ormesby hub on August 1.

“He said ‘tell the team to take me to court and I will pay it in instalments, I’ve been down this road before’.”

Mr Perriman said with late fees, the council was now owed £700. He said the property in question is tenanted, with the rent at £335.12 for every four weeks.

Magistrates found the case proven in Peckover’s absence.

They fined Peckover, of Marine Terrace, £660 – and ordered him to pay a £66 victim surcharge and £180 prosecution costs.

Mr Perriman said that the council would now approach the landlord again to ensure he purchased a licence.

He became the latest landlord to be prosecuted under the scheme, which Middlesbrough Council is now rolling out to the Gresham area in the town centre.

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