Fined: Clayhall landlord who ran unlicensed HMO lacking 'basic' fire safety equipment in Ilford
PUBLISHED: 15:05 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:05 17 October 2018
A Clayhall landlord caught cramming at least six tenants into an Ilford home without a legally required licence and fire safety equipment has been fined £16,000.
Redbridge Council has fined Mohammed Faizul Islam, of Ambleside Gardens, after establishing that he was running an unlicensed house of multiple occupation (HMO) in Twyford Road.
The council’s enforcement officers investigated the property in January 2018 following complaints from neighbours.
There they found evidence of six people living there, despite the property failing to meet basic HMO standards including lacking a fire door and interlinked smoke alarms.
Islam and his wife initially appealed the fine but then withdrew their appeal and agreed to pay.
The HMO licence would have cost them only £500.
In January, Islam was also fined £3,000 by Tower Hamlets Council for failing to carry out improvements to a property in Roberta Street.
HMO licensing is mandatory for landlords and those that do not comply face being prosecuted or fined up to £30,000.
Cllr Farah Hussain, cabinet member for housing and homelessness,said: “A licence is now mandatory for all HMO properties and we are taking tough action against private landlords who ignore the law.
“The level of this financial penalty is clear evidence that we take this issue extremely seriously and are willing to hit landlords hard in their pocket.
“Our message to landlords is that they need to engage with us and do so now if they don’t have a licence.”