August 23 2014 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Senior reporter
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A rogue landlord who left tenants living in squalor in an overcrowded house has been fined more than £12,000.
Ajay Mohan Kapur of Cranbrook Road, Ilford, was fined at Romford Magistrates’ Court on February 28 for poor management of a multiple occupancy house in Ardwell Avenue, Newbury Park.
Redbridge Council said the three-bedroom home had been converted to have five rooms rented to private tenants.
Inspectors found people sleeping in rooms where there was no ventilation for gas appliances, damp, broken glass, electrical defects and blocked fire escapes.
Cllr Michelle Dunn, cabinet member for housing, said: “We will not tolerate rogue landlords who let out unsafe accommodation and place their tenants’ lives at risk.
“Our Housing Standards Team will continue to take tough enforcement action where we come across such unacceptable behaviour.”
Kapur failed to attend court and nine management offences under the Housing Act 2004 were proved in his absence.
He was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £3,081 costs as well as a victim surcharge of £120.
The council is cracking down on unscrupulous landlords and tracking down “beds in sheds”.
More than £100,000 funding was received from the government last year to extra enforcement officers to stop people living in unsafe accommodation.
Almost 120 people have been found living in outbuildings in less than a year, with some paying £700 a month.
The council has successfully prosecuted several landlords and is working on more cases.
Training courses are available for landlords who want to join an accreditation scheme.
Anyone with concerns about privately rented property is asked to call the council on 020 8554 5000 so housing standards offices can investigate.
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