Warning to landlords

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A legal expert is warning landlords in Lancashire to follow planning rules or face “proceeds of crime” action, including rent being confiscated.

The stark warning comes after a court in London convicted a developer who rented out flats despite three failed planning applications.

The company was ordered to pay back £143,000 in rent it had collected.

Martin Long, partner in the commercial property team at Napthens, said: “It is clear now that heavy fines and confiscated profits await for those who flagrantly disregard the planning system.”