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The 3 defendants Mr Akarsu Bulent, Cuma Ali Acun and Gholam Reza Noori, leaseholders of 1a Station Avenue, Chirk, were found guilty recently at Mold Magistrates court, for illegally operating an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

The defendants were given a 12 month conditional discharge, and ordered to pay costs. The property was inspected last year by a Public Protection Officer  and was found to have unsafe living conditions.

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The defendants had also failed to apply for a HMO licence for the living accommodation above the restaurant when they purchased the property.

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said, “This prosecution sends a strong message to any persons considering operating an unlicensed HMO and flouting housing legislation which is in place to keep tenants safe .

“We will not hesitate to take enforcement action where landlords fail to comply with the law.”

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