Ilford landlord handed £6,000 fine for letting 10 people live in garden’s brick outhouse
PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 April 2018
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A rogue Ilford landlord who had at least 10 people living illegally in a brick outhouse in his property’s back garden has been handed a £6,000 fine.
Palvinder Singh Beesal, of Lord Avenue, Clayhall, pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to comply with a housing prohibition order at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Friday, April 13.
A second defendant had the same charges against her dropped when Beesal entered his plea.
In March last year, housing officers from Redbridge Council visited Beesal’s property in Hampton Road, Ilford, after residents complained that he had switched off gas and electricity to the house’s ground floor.
Upon closer inspection, officers discovered a number of concerns in the building, which had been converted inside into three separate living spaces, such as a general lack of fire safety, at least one gas leak and electrical wiring issues.
These electrical issues stemmed predominantly from the fact that first floor residents had fed cables to the ground floor to help people living there access electricity after theirs had been shut off.
Officers also discovered signs that people had been living in a brick outhouse in the back garden that had planning permission only to be used by people already living in the original house.
An Emergency Prohibition Order (EPO) was placed on the house which made it illegal for people to live inside.
But when inspectors went back on three separate occasions last year – April 24, June 1 and July 25 – they found that although building work was being done to rectify the problems, people were still living in the sub-standard flats.
And more worryingly, on the final visit in July, inspectors found evidence of at least 10 people living in the brick outhouse.
Beesal told the court he had spent £80,000 on improvements to his property, which had the EPO against it lifted earlier this month, and said he had not been aware that the EPO meant no one was allowed to live in the building while improvements were made.
Passing sentence, the magistrate said: “You have in the past disregarded the safety of other human beings, and the issue of fire safety has been mentioned quite often by the local authority.
“There were a number of hazards, there was a gas leak that could have been quite lethal, and we have heard of issues with the electricity that saw the first floor feeding wires through to the ground floor.
“These are the sort of things that are risky to life and limb of other people.”