Tenant allowing Premises to be use as a Brothel or for Prostitution

It is an offence for a tenant to knowingly allow part or the whole of any premises to be used as a brothel.

A brothel may include places that are not used for the purpose of paid prostitution but includes places where a woman offers herself as a participant in physical acts of indecency for the sexual gratification of men and it is not necessary that payment takes place.

It is also an offence for a tenant to knowingly permit the whole or part of a premise to be used for the purposes of habitual prostitution. In contrast to the offence of keeping or managing a brothel, it is only necessary for one prostitute to work from the premise.

If a tenant is convicted of allowing premises to be used as a brothel then the landlord of those premises has increased powers of eviction over that tenant.

If the Landlord fails to exercise these extra powers or grants a new lease or licence to the tenant and the tenant repeats the offence, then the landlord will be culpable as a party to the offence unless he or she can show that they took reasonable steps to prevent the property being used as a brothel.

If you have been arrested or concerned about any offence relating to prostitution or the keeping of a Brothel please call us to speak to an expert criminal defence solicitor. We will be able to advise you about the limits of the law and will be able to defend you if you are charged with a criminal offence. Our criminal solicitors have years of experience in defending all criminal offences including cases related to the sex industry.

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