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An article in the Guardian yesterday purporting to expose rogue landlords had the headline “London council finds 35 men living in one three bedroom house”
In the property eight men were found with wall to wall mattresses in one room. Click here to read the full article.
However, the owner, Dr. Sunil Hathi, has threatened to take legal action against Brent council for publicly outing him as a ‘Rogue Landlord’.
Doctor Hathi confirmed that he originally let the property to only three people and was shocked that the property was being used in this way and was looking to evict the men as soon as possible.
Dr Hathi said: “I have no idea how many people are living at this address, it was originally rented out to three people. This is the first time I have come here in the month they have been living here. We were not aware they were staying here and we are going to evict them.
“Brent council put out a statement to the press saying that it was a ‘Rogue Landlord’ and I resent these comments. They’re highly defamatory and I am speaking with my lawyers.
“I’m not running away from anything, why would I? This house is worth a lot of money. They could have found me in minutes on the land registry.”
The story was uncovered after the council raided the property following complaints from neighbours about overcrowding, anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.
The Guardian got a quote from Brent Council saying: “Rogue landlords make their money by exploiting people who can least afford it, it’s a shameful practice and this is an especially shocking example.”
However, they failed to find the landlord and only sought a quote from one tenant who was Romanian and could not speak English.
We will have to wait and see what the full facts are in this saga.
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