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‘Lamborghini landlord’ has properties confiscated

Katie Coyne06/12/2018 - 13:51

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Waltham Forest took possession of 7 properties
Waltham Forest took possession of 7 properties

*This story has been edited 12 December. The original story said that 25 properties had been taken over by the council using IMO powers.* 

Waltham Forest Council took possession of seven properties from a rogue landlord firm in the early hours of Thursday morning, 6 December using Interim Management (IMO) powers and has served IMOs for 13 more.  

It is believed to be the largest number of IMOs served by one council in a single day. The council will take over temporary management of the properties to ensure the safety of tenants while repairs and improvements are made and a managing agent is appointed.

The remaining 13 properties are expected to be taken on by the council within the next fortnight. 

Rent collected by the council will be used to bring the property up to the expected standard and to fund its management duties.

The family landlord firm had supplied false information to the Waltham Forest’s property licensing scheme and colluded with a Gas Safe engineer to falsify safety certificates.

Council leader Clare Coghill said: ‘Making sure our residents have a safe roof over their head is a top priority for the council.

‘Our property licensing scheme protects both tenants and landlords – it means that tenants can expect the property will meet their expectations and provide a comfortable place to live, and at the same time means reputable landlords will be able to show they meet the standards we demand.

‘A Gas Safety check costs as little as £30. The landlords were not willing to spend this small amount to keep their tenants safe – yet they were prepared to spend £80,000 on a personalised vanity plate.

‘Because of their penny-pinching their tenants’ lives were endangered while they boasted about driving Bentleys and Lamborghinis.

‘These landlords showed a shocking lack of care and concern. We will always press for the maximum possible penalties when people’s lives are needlessly endangered by unscrupulous, lazy landlords.’

In May 2017 Nasim Hussain, of Millers Lane, Chigwell, was convicted of four offences under the Housing Act (2004) after she supplied false information to the council’s property licensing scheme about the gas supply to four rental properties. She was found guilty and fined £40,000 plus costs of £1839.64.

Her husband, Tariq Hussain, was separately convicted in July 2018 of four offences under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act for falsifying Gas Safety certificates for the same properties. He was given a fine of £800 plus costs of £200 and victim surcharge of £30.

Mr Tariq Hussain induced Muhammad Waseem, Gas Safe engineer, to falsify the certificates.

These convictions led the council to deem the Hussains as not being fit and proper persons to act as licence holders or manage properties in Waltham Forest, which resulted in them taking possession using the IMO.


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