A landlord in Ipswich has been handed a £1,000 fine after pleading guilty to operating a house of multiple occupation without a licence.

Robert Charles Bowden, of Crabbe Street, was found to be violating basic safety regulations, with more than 19 people living in the house, according to the Evening Star.

Authorities made the discovery after a string of complaints from neighbours.

Some tenants were living without light or ventilation in the property, and Ipswich borough council's senior environmental health officer Tim Clarke labelled the case "quite unique".

He told the newspaper that the house did not have a licence and was not up to standard for the 19 inhabitants.

"We are hoping this sends out a message that we will find out about these properties and take action where necessary,"Mr Clarke told the newspaper.

This comes after another landlord in Newham was fined more than £4,000 for illegally evicting tenants from their homes.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18941564-ADNFCR

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