Landlords across Nottingham have been warned to make sure they are fully licensed after one woman was hit with a £4,500 fine.

Joy Weise became the ninth landlord to be prosecuted this year after council officers found five students living in her property, even though she did not have a licence.

Despite being issued with a statutory notice, Ms Weise failed to comply and pleaded guilty to managing a house in multiple occupation without a licence at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

Now, Nottingham City Council is warning other landlords who let student houses in the area to make sure they are operating within the law.

Councillor Alan Clark, portfolio holder for neighbourhood regeneration at the authority, said: "The council is currently working to identify unlicensed properties and will continue to prosecute landlords or managing agents who have failed to apply."

The caution comes after councillors in nearby Broxtowe took steps to tackle an increase in the number of cannabis factories found in the area.

Officials wrote to landlords alerting them to the danger and advising them to look out for any warning signs.

Written by Claire DoyleADNFCR-2002-ID-19278124-ADNFCR

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