16:16 PM, 31st May 2012, About 10 years ago 5
The landlord of a filthy and overcrowded shared house was fined £5,500 after admitting 23 licensing and management offences to magistrates.
Jan Assakzai 42, of Friars Road, East Ham, London, picked up the fine at Thames Magistrates Court and was also ordered to pay £300 legal costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
An inspection by Newham Council uncovered a cooker covered with grease, rotting rubbish in the garden and a grime-encrusted toilet at the house in multiple occupation (HMO) on Romford Road, Manor Park, East London.
The shared house was only licensed for five people but at the time of the inspection, nine tenants were living there and they claimed two or three more extra tenants had lived there in the past.
Councillor Ian Corbett, executive member for infrastructure and environment for Newham Council, said: “We want to ensure that private sector rented properties are well managed and meet a good standard.
“We also want to deal with the crime and anti-social behaviour that is sometimes associated with bad private sector rented housing.
“One bad house can drag down a whole street and we are doing this for the community.
“There are good landlords in Newham and we want to work with them. Unfortunately there are also some unscrupulous ones – and these are the ones we are targeting.
“We will never accept private sector tenants being directly exploited by landlords who force them to live in dangerous and unacceptable conditions.
“Good landlords have nothing to fear. For the bad ones, we have a clear message: clean up your act or pay the price.”
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