Ilford landlord fined £7,500

Published: 9 October 2018

An Ilford landlord who kept up to twenty three adults in overcrowded conditions has been subject to a civil penalty fine of £7,500 by Redbridge Council.

The tenants who were residents in a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in Beehive Lane, Gants Hill, were subjected to a lack of sufficient cooking, washing and toilet facilities.

When neighbours complained about overcrowding in June last year, enforcement officers found sixteen people in the property with evidence of a further seven living there. The HMO licence was for six tenants.

The managing agent in control of the property, Marvel Estates Limited of 367 Katherine Road, Forest Gate, initially appealed a financial penalty fine imposed by Redbridge Council. However, the company later agreed to pay £7,500 following a central London tribunal on 28 September 2018.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness Cllr Farah Hussain said: “We are determined to root out rogue landlords and this financial penalty makes it clear we mean business.  It’s unacceptable for tenants to be living in conditions which fail to comply with legislated requirements. We want to work with landlords to prevent this kind of situation but if they are not willing to do so, our message is clear – we will find and fine you.”

HMO licensing is mandatory.  Landlords that do not comply with the conditions face being prosecuted or fined up to £30,000. 

The council’s expanded selective licensing scheme also means all privately rented property in 14 wards – covering 79 per cent of the sector in Redbridge – need to be licensed to ensure that they are used and occupied correctly, and are well managed.

Property owners or agents can apply for a licence here: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/housing/private-rentals/apply-for-a-property-licence/

Check rogue landlords online:

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.  You can access the checker here: https://www.london.gov.uk/rogue-landlord-checker

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