Search

Ilford landlord hit with £18k bill after letting mouse-infested house with unsafe electrics to nine tenants including toddler

18:02 25 July 2014

A landlord who let an “appalling” mouse-infested house to nine tenants – including a toddler – has been ordered to pay out £18k after being convicted of 15 offences.

Abdul Rashid Warishaully, 44, of South Park Road, Ilford, failed to turn up for his hearing at Redbridge Magistrates Court after being prosecuted by Redbridge Council.

But after being tried in his absence, the landlord was found guilty of 15 offences under the Housing Act 2004.

The court heard Warishaully had been renting out a three-storey property in Cavenham Gardens to nine unrelated people including two children – one only 18 months old.

The council’s housing standards officers, planning enforcement and Redbridge Community Police Team visited the property on September 25.

The property had no fire alarm system, unprotected escape routes, obstructed fire escapes, defective electrical installation, a mouse infestation and missing guarding to the staircase.

Properties which need a HMO licence include any property with three or more floors and five or more occupants from two or more families who share facilities.

The landlord had been served with an Emergency Prohibition Order to prevent the property from being occupied.

Despite this, the landlord reconnected the unsafe electrics and continued to rent out the property.

At the hearing, Warishaully was found guilty of 15 offences including housing management offences, breaches of the Emergency Prohibition Order, failing to license an HMO, and failing to provide the council copies of safety certificates.

A fine of £16,000 plus costs of £2,794 and a victim surcharge of £120 was ordered to be paid within 28 days.

Councillor Muhammed Javed, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “The conditions found at this property were truly appalling and placed the tenants’ safety at considerable risk.

“These sort of conditions will not be tolerated by Redbridge Council and landlords who flout the law can expect to face being caught and prosecuted.

“I believe it’s a right of everyone to live in a safe and secure accommodation.”

Redbridge Council is currently running an HMO licensing amnesty and is giving landlords until August 31 to submit their licence application.

A crackdown will begin on September 1 to target landlords who do not come forward to apply for a licence.

They will be prosecuted where appropriate, which could result in a £20,000 fine.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford News Stories

Unit G11 Chadwell Heath Industrial Park, Kemp Road, RM8 1SL - Left to right: CEO of UKEHC Haroon Hussain and Director of Business Development Munnir Delawala who are launching their business, to do with the Hajj and Umrah trade.

A businessman has launched an insurance company and “governing body” specialising in protecting religious pilgrims taking part in Hajj and Umrah.

Yesterday, 17:48
The Redbridge Drama Centre's Youth Workshop stage Gargantua at the Theatre Royal Stratford East on May 13

A group of the borough’s brightest young actors will be hoping to earn a place on the National Theatre’s prestigious Olivier stage when they take part in a nationwide festival next week.

Yesterday, 15:58
Pupils at Oaks Park High School, Oaks Lane, Newbury Park, taking part in new basketball sessions. Picture: L&Q

Basketball experts have been teaching pupils how to shoot hoops after securing a grant from a housing association.

Yesterday, 12:33
Goodmayes Hospital

A mental health unit for teenagers is to close temporarily following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe