A landlord who was fined £1.4million under the Proceeds of Crime Act for unlawfully converting a house into an HMO and then ignoring enforcement orders requiring him to convert the house back to a single dwelling has had his penalty under the Proceeds of Crime Act cut to £544,358, according to a story published in Letting Agent Today and elsewhere.
He still faces five years in prison if he fails to make the payment.
The judges in the Court of Appeal determined that
Planning magazine has run a feature Ensuring cheats do not prosper* on the use of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) against landlords who have carried out development, including flat conversions, without planning permission. The court cases themselves are not new - they date from 2012 - but the story highlights a growing trend in local authority planning enforcement to make more use of the POCA legislation.