Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
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Amir Golesorkhi turned his garage into two small, substandard flats and had been letting them out to tenants for seven years while he was living in the main house with his wife in Colindale, North London.
Harrow Crown Court has found landlord Amit Golesorkhi guilty of breaching a planning enforcement notice served by Brent council in April 2008. He had illegally turned the garage of his own home at Colindale, North London into two small flats. He was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £161,141. A confiscation order was given under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover the money that Golesorkhi made as a result of failing to comply with the council’s enforcement notice.
Planning enforcement and Trading Standards officers described the flats as “not particularly nice places to live, especially as access was down a narrow, overshadowed alley via a side door”.
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