Two east London landlords hit with fines of more than £34,000

Published: 30 July 2020

Two east London landlords have been stung with fines of more than £34,000 for operating unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's), while ignoring several breaches in these properties.

Both cases were heard recently at the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in central London.

Following multiple complaints from local people that the property, at 14 Hamilton Road, Ilford, was operating as a brothel, was overcrowded, and that tenants were committing anti-social behaviour, the landlord was taken to court and was found to have serious failings concerning fire safety and the property's overall management.

The Landlord, Woodland Properties Management Ltd in Leyton was fined a total of £23,500 for operating an Unlicensed HMO, including three breaches under The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006.

In a separate hearing, Shaista Habib of 63 Coleridge Avenue London E12 6RQ was fined £11,250 for operating an Unlicensed HMO, including three breaches of The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006. The property at 22 Mayfair Avenue, Ilford, was found to have serious failings concerning fire safety and the property's overall management.

Housing Officers found several fire safety risks, including no smoke detectors in any of the rooms accessed on the ground floor and the first floor, while bedroom doors did not meet the safety standard and were not self-closing.

The locks were not appropriate for fire safety purposes, and there was only a single fire extinguisher for the entire property. The Tribunal ruled there were several significant breaches concerning safety measures.

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Councillor Jas Athwal, said: "These hefty fines should serve as a warning to those unscrupulous landlords who think they can profiteer by cutting corners.

"I'm pleased the First-Tier Tribunal recognised the severity of the breaches of regulations and the impact these have had on local people.

"We will continue to penalise those in the private rental sector who want to make a quick buck at the expense of tenants' health and safety, while also causing anti-social behaviour problems for their neighbours."

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