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Takeaway owner illegally operating HMO has £10,000 fine reduced

PUBLISHED: 16:01 16 August 2020 | UPDATED: 08:34 17 August 2020

The owner of the property in Pakefield was fined £10,000 initially, but this has since been reduced to £4,000 on appeal. Photo: Google

The owner of the property in Pakefield was fined £10,000 initially, but this has since been reduced to £4,000 on appeal. Photo: Google

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A Chinese takeaway owner has had a £10,000 fine reduced on appeal after she was founding guilty of illegally operating a HMO.

Ying Chen, named in tribunal documents as the owner of the rooms above Chan’s Super Kitchen in Pakefield, was in control of five self-contained flats which were being occupied without permission from the council.

She was investigated by East Suffolk Council in May 2019 and fined £10,000 in November.

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She protested her innocence on the grounds that she did not accept rent and that she did not speak English well - as well as being unaware of the need for a licence.

Though her excuses were not deemed “reasonable” and the judge overseeing the case referred to licensing as a “serious matter”, it was agreed the penalty should be reduced to £4,000.

This was on account of the applicant having “no track record” for offences and a lack of evidence suggesting the applicant was aware of the need to licence.


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