Rogue landlord fined thousands after placing lives at risk in illegal, overcrowded and unsafe rental property

Published: 6 November 2019

A rogue landlord operating in Redbridge has been fined £5770 after putting tenants lives at risk in an unlicensed, overcrowded and unsafe property.

Council enforcement officers were tipped off about the house in the borough and discovered that Paul Moss, from Dunwich Court, Glandford Way, Romford, was operating the property as a house in multiple occupation (HMO’s) without a licence.

The property was also found to pose a major health and safety risk after having virtually no fire safety measures in place to protect tenants including smoke alarms or fire blankets in the kitchen.

Moss also failed to provide the tenants with enough bins to dispose of their rubbish properly.  

Following his appearance at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Friday 11 October 2019 Moss pleaded guilty to all charges relating to operating an unlicensed, unsafe and illegal HMO.

He was hit with fines of £3860 and ordered to pay costs of £1790. A victim surcharge of £ 120 was also imposed.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness Cllr Farah Hussain said: “It’s completely unacceptable that people should be living in unsafe and illegal conditions just so that landlords like the one in this case can line their pocket.

“I am pleased to see the rising number of prosecutions against rogue operators as we continue with our zero-tolerance approach to landlords of this type.

“Our message is clear, we will continue to crack down on all suspected HMO’s and unlicensed properties to root out illegal operators in the borough.”

Licensing is mandatory for all HMO’s, as well as the 79 per cent of the private rental sector in Redbridge covered by the council’s selective licensing scheme. Those who do not comply face being prosecuted or fined.

Property owners or agents can apply for a licence on our website.

The council has signed up to the Mayor of London’s Rogue Landlords and Letting Agents Checker, a free online tool which allows Londoners to check if a landlord or letting agent has been convicted of any housing offences.  Access the checker.

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