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Rogue landlord fined £19,000

Stuart Spear06/08/2014 - 12.00

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Unsafe electrics had been reconnected
Unsafe electrics had been reconnected

A landlord who rented out an unsafe and unlicensed HMO to nine people, two of which were children, has been fined £16,000 and ordered to pay £2,794 in costs along with a victim surcharge of £120.

The three-storey property in Cavenham Gardens, Ilford was visited in September 2013 by Redbridge Council housing standards team where they found no fire alarm system, unprotected escape routes, obstructed fire escapes in addition to defective electrical installation.

Investigating officers also found an infestation of mice and missing guarding on the staircase. One occupant at the property was aged just 18 months.

The landlord, Abdul Rashid Warishaully, aged 44 of South Park Road, Ilford, had previously been served 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.

Mr Warishaully failed to attend Redbridge magistrates court last month so the case was heard in his absence. He was found guilty of 15 offences under the Housing Act 2004, which included housing management offences, breaches of the emergency prohibition order, failing to license an HMO and failing to provide the council copies of safety certificates.

Redbridge Council is currently running an HMO licensing amnesty and is giving landlords until 31 August 2014 to submit a licence application.

An enforcement campaign will begin on 1 September to target landlords who have not come forward to apply for a licence.


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