South Woodford landlord fined thousands for dangerous property

PUBLISHED: 14:15 03 November 2016

Snaresbrook Crown Court. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire/PA Images

Snaresbrook Crown Court. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire/PA Images

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A landlord was ordered to pay more than £42,000 for failing to comply with a Prohibition Order issued by Redbridge Council.

Javid Akhtar Mughal, of Wordsworth Avenue, South Woodford, was handed the sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.

Issues at the Wellesley Road, Ilford, property included no fire precautions, a defective electrical system and high levels of dampness, condensation and mould.

Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Farah Hussain, said: “We are working hard to make sure irresponsible landlords that blatantly disregard the law are brought to justice.”

Eleven people from four different households were found living in the property, which had no planning permission or building control approval.

The Council inspected the property after receiving complaints from tenants and served a Prohibition Order as it was found to be in a dangerous condition.

Mr Mughal, who plead guilty, was handed the sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court after ignoring the order issued by Redbridge Council’s environmental health team.

He was ordered to pay the huge sum for the breach and £3,065 in costs.

Mr Mughal risks a a 15 month custodial sentence if fails to pay the full amount by Thursday, January 26.

“It’s important that when faced with landlords who do not follow regulations and licensing conditions, we take all necessary action to make sure residents are protected and properties they live in are safe,” continued Cllr Hussain.

“Anyone failing to meet their responsibilities and putting residents in danger will be prosecuted.”

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