'Beds in sheds' couple fined £60,000
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal, Local Government
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A couple from Hillingdon have been fined £58,750 for failing to license a property as a house of multiple occupancy (HMO).
Thangam and Tahir Rana also broke a prohibition order which called for them to stop using an illegal inner room as a living space, and six other HMO management regulation breaches at the property in West Drayton Road, Uxbridge.
An investigation by Hillingdon Council’s ‘beds in sheds’ team revealed the property to have inadequate heating, no basic fire precautions, dangerous electrics and gas leakage.
The home was being occupied by families with young children, including two infants aged six-months and younger. The Ranas were receiving around £2,935 per month in rent.
“We’re sending a strong message that we will stop landlords profiteering from renting out cramped, squalid, properties and illegal outbuildings,” said cllr Keith Burrows, cabinet member for planning, transportation and recycling.
“In this case the landlord was raking in nearly £3,000 in cash each month, from people living in appalling conditions and we will continue to pursue other rogue landlords – because this practice is not welcome in Hillingdon.”
The couple were sentenced at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in August. Tahir was fined a total of £55,000 and Thangam was also ordered to pay £3,750, with a £120 collection order. She also owes Hillingdon Council more than £16,800 in council tax which officers will continue to pursue.