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Rogue 'bed in shed' landlords get hefty fine

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

Rogue 'bed in shed' landlords get hefty fine Rogue 'bed in shed' landlords get hefty fine

A pair of London rogue landlords who illegally rented out a 'bed in a shed' have been hit with a £12,000 fine.

Manjit Singh Virk and Paramjit Kaur Virk pleaded guilty to breaching a planning enforcement notice at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court last week.

The couple, who live in Iver, had been charging people to live in an outbuilding in Roseville Road, Hayes.

A nearby resident alerted Hillingon Council's planning enforcement team, who obtained a warrant to access the premises.

The council's private sector housing team and the UK Border Agency carried out a search of the building and confirmed it was being lived in.

A planning enforcement notice was served on the landlords, ordering them to stop renting out the building and to remove the kitchen, bathroom and service meters.

However, the couple failed to comply with the notice.

Cllr Keith Burrows, cabinet member for planning, transportation and recycling, said: "The council takes a very dim view on rogue landlords cashing in by allowing people to live in poor conditions.

"This couple were given an opportunity to stop what they were doing but totally ignored the warnings so court action was necessary. I am glad the courts have seen fit to hand down a significant fine."

As well as the £12,000 fine, magistrates also the ordered the couple to pay the council's £2,472 legal costs.

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