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Living conditions 'beggar belief' as Hillingdon continues 'beds in sheds' crackdown

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

Living conditions 'beggar belief' as Hillingdon continues 'beds in sheds' crackdown Living conditions 'beggar belief' as Hillingdon continues 'beds in sheds' crackdown

Hillingdon Council says some of the living conditions to be found in the borough "beggar belief" as it continues its crackdown on rogue landlords renting out 'beds in sheds'.

Councillor Keith Burrows, the council's cabinet member for planning, transportation and recycling, said it was "outrageous" that landlords were "lining their pockets by allowing others to live in squalor".

Mr Xuhua Chen, of Hunters Grove, Hayes, became the latest landlords to be prosecuted by the council after failing to demolish an illegal outbuilding in his back garden.

Appearing at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court, Chen pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice. He was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay the council’s legal costs of £1885.95

The council has warned Chen that if the outbuilding is not demolished, officers may take direct action and knock it down themselves. Chen would be expected to pay for the costs involved.

Hillingdon’s planning and housing departments have also taken action against the owner of a property (pictured) in Wheatley Crescent, Hayes.

Emergency prohibition and planning enforcement notices have been served on Mr Gurial Singh, ordering him to stop anyone from living in the outbuilding and to remove all internal facilities to prevent it being used as a ‘bed in a shed’. Until recently it had been occupied and was in extremely poor condition.

Councillor Keith Burrows, said: “Some of the conditions that our officers have seen beggar belief, it’s outrageous that some of these rogue landlords are lining their pockets and allowing others to live in squalor. It’s totally irresponsible and above all it’s illegal.”

Residents who suspect someone of breaching planning or housing regulations can report it to the council on 01895 250230.

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