Specialist London Solicitors in Local Authority Prosecution cases
At MFI Law Limited we have the expertise in representing clients charged with Local Authority prosecutions. Our London Solicitors are available to represent clients at London Police Stations, Magistrates' and Crown Courts throughout the country.
Local Authority prosecutions consist of offences such as:
Breach of planning notices
Breach of enforcement notices are the most common criminal offences committed by individuals.
Section 179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 states:
Where, at any time after the end of the period for compliance with an enforcement notice, any step required by the notice to be taken has not been taken or any activity required by the notice to cease is being carried on, the person who is then the owner of the land is in breach of the notice.
Where the owner of the land is in breach of an enforcement notice he shall be guilty of an offence.
Breach of House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
There are several types of HMO's and the definition of a HMO is contained in Sections 254 and 257 of the Housing Act 2004.
An HMO can be a whole building or a part of a building. Examples of accommodation that can be considered as HMOs are as follows:
- houses and shared flats
- bedsits and hostels
- halls of residence
- nurses accommodation
- bed and breakfasts with permanent residents and some supported accommodation
Under The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) 2006, there are a number of duties including the duty to display contact information, five yearly electrical inspections and other safety duties. Failure to comply with a duty is a criminal offence.
Blue Badge Fraud
The misuse of a Blue Badge is a serious offence. A persons badge can be withdrawn if they misuse it or allow others to misuse it.
It is a criminal offence for non-disabled people to use a badge. If they do so they are liable to a fine of up to £1,000.
It is a criminal offence to drive or park a vehicle displaying a Blue Badge unless the badge holder is the driver or passenger on that particular journey, or the vehicle is being driven by someone other than the badge holder for the purpose of entering or leaving an area in order to pick up or drop off the holder.
Fly‐tipping is the illegal disposal of waste without a waste management licence. It covers dumping of a single black bin bag, up to thousands of tonnes of waste.
The Department for Work and Pensions or the Local Authority are assigned to investigate and prosecute benefit fraud cases. These departments receive information from various sources such as an anonymous individuals or electronic data matching exercises whereby government organisations share information which enables them to investigate suspected individuals. Please click here in order read our full page on Benefit Fraud Offences.