An estate agents has been fined £7,000 because it did not have a proper license for a house.

M Dream Property, in Hendon, and company director Kristoff Milla pleaded guilty to not getting proper authorization to rent out a three floor property in Watford Way, Hendon.

Even though eight people lived there, he did not apply for a Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO) license from Barnet Council.

Milla was ordered to pay £2,000 costs and a £2,500 fine.

Councillor Gabriel Rozenberg, chairman of the Barnet Council housing committee, said: “It is not acceptable for landlords to wait for us to find their properties and only then comply with the law, months or years after letting it.

“Landlords are running businesses for which tenants pay high rents.

“As such it is their responsibility to ensure that they are aware of their legal responsibilities and that these are complied with, to keep their tenants safe.

“We will take action against landlords or managing agents who fail to do this.”