Illegal landlords in Northampton are being encouraged to license their properties as part of a six-week amnesty, a source suggests.

According to the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, the town's council will allow landlords to license their houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs) without the threat of prosecution.

They are being urged to act now, with the amnesty only set to last until the end of January.

After this point, the council will take action against landlords who continue to flout the law, with owners and managers of unlicensed properties facing fines of up to £20,000.

Senior environmental health officer Helen Mansell said: "Landlords have a duty to their tenants to provide accommodation that meets all minimum health and safety standards."

She urged landlords to take this opportunity to get their licence, which ensures that properties provide safe and sufficient facilities for tenants.

The Northants Evening Telegraph reported earlier this week that one landlord had been forced to compensate tenants in a flat in Kettering after it was found to be infested with mould.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18938569-ADNFCR

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