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Council demolishes 'bed in a shed'

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

Council demolishes 'bed in a shed' Council demolishes 'bed in a shed'

A London council has taken action by demolishing an illegal outbuilding after its owner failed to comply with a planning enforcement notice.

Hillingdon Council destroyed the 'bed in a shed' at the rear of a property in West Drayton Road, Hayes, and will now recover the costs incurred.

The rogue landlord owner was ordered to stop illegally renting out the 'bed in a shed', and to demolish it within three months.

After failing to do so, the council intervened and took on the work after the people living there voluntarily moved out.

Cllr Keith Burrows said: "The council takes these matters very seriously and we will not sit by and watch rogue landlords making an illegal profit by offering such pitiful accommodation."

The council has a special taskforce of officers dedicated to investigating and taking action against rogue landlords and illegal outbuildings.

Though this is the second time the council has been forced to take direct action this year, a number of landlords have heeded advice and warnings and demolished illegal outbuildings themselves.

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