Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
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All Good Landlords detest the phrase “rogue landlords” but we have to accept they exist, just as rogue Police Officers and rogue Vicars do. The difference is that the Police and the Church take responsibility for their rogues, as do many other organisations.
What prompted me to write this post is that a “rogue landlord” was quite rightly prosecuted this week. He had converted a former hotel in Harlesden, into 26 studio flats without seeking council permission back in 2011. He was issued with an enforcement notice in March 2012, but failed to comply. The flats each measured between 9 meters squared and 20 metres squared, despite the minimum size for a studio flat in the capital being set at 37 metres squared and the building was reported as having poor insulation, thin walls, bad maintenance and insanitary conditions. The landlord has been issued with a £300,650 confiscation order and also ordered to pay £20,000 in fines and £18,268 to cover Brent Council’s court costs. He has been given three months to pay the confiscation order in full, which will be distributed between the government, the courts and the council.
What irks me is that Brent Council reports that the landlord housed over 100 vulnerable tenants, earning thousands of pounds by letting sub-standard accommodation. My natural inqusitiveness leads me to wonder:-
Perhaps somebody would like to file a Freedom of Information request to check and report back here?
The Council will benefit from the proceeds of the confiscation order, but will they take any responsibility for using the tax payers money to pay housing benefits to this landlord? This is a rhetorical question, OBVIOUSLY!
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