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Council crackdown on rogue landlords

Three London landlords have been fined for letting out illegal and unsafe accommodation.

Teslim Olawale Kuti from Hazel Close was fined at Havering Magistrates Court for poor management of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in Paget Road Ilford. He was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,100 costs.

Harprit Singh Saroa and Pritpal Kaur Saroa from Hereford Gardens, Ilford were each fined £2,500 and ordered to pay a total of £1,400 costs for failing to license a HMO in The Drive, Ilford.

Teslim Olawale Kuti had failed to take all reasonable measures to protect the occupiers. The premises had no fire alarm, fire fighting equipment or fire doors which placed the tenants at risk.

A joint investigation was carried out with the London Fire Brigade after a fire broke out and one occupant was rescued by a passer-by.

Someone was also found illegally living in a garage at the back of the property.

Steve Brown, Borough Commander for London Fire Brigade said: “This result provides a clear warning that where necessary, enforcement action will be undertaken in order to protect the residents of Redbridge”

Following the prosecutions of Harprit Singh Saroa and Pritpal Kaur Saroa Redbridge Council have reiterated that landlords with properties of three or more storeys which are occupied by five or more people from two or more households are required by law to apply for a HMO licence from the council.

The licence ensures the landlord has the appropriate procedures and amenities in place to protect their tenants such as fire safety, gas safety and adequate kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Councillor Michelle Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing at Redbridge Council, said, “We are determined to take tough enforcement action against landlords who let out illegal and unsafe accommodation for financial gain. They are placing vulnerable and low income tenants at considerable risk and the outcome could be tragic.”

If you are a landlord or tenant and need legal advice call PM Law solicitors in Sheffield on 0114 296 5444.

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