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

Rogue 'beds in sheds' landlords warned Rogue 'beds in sheds' landlords warned

A London borough's rogue landlords have been warned to get their house in order by the local authority.

Waltham Forest Council says it is engaged in a "relentless pursuit" of landlords who construct 'bed in sheds'.

The so-called 'narrowest house in Britain' - a plywood home consructed illegally in a terraced row in a Waltham Forest street - has now been destroyed.

Mohammed Akhlaq, 53, of Zim Properties was issued with an Enforcement Notice by the council, ordering him to remove the bathroom, kitchen and internal portioning and restore the former garage to its original condition.

Akhlaq’s attempted appeal proved futile, with the inspector not only upholding the Enforcement Notice, but also ordering the landlord to contribute towards the council’s costs.

Meanwhile, landlord Peter Anuba, of Billet Road, is currently trying to defy the council and the planning inspectorate in relation to a 'bed in shed' structure in Cecil Road.

Anuba was issued with an Enforcement Notice last year to have the outbuilding removed, but appealed to the national planning inspectorate. Again the inspectorate agreed with the council’s decision and the appeal was dismissed, as was Anuba’s plea to keep the outbuilding as a gym/store.

Councillor Clyde Loakes said: “If this landlord wants to take the matter through the courts then we are happy to fight our corner. However, I would warn him that last year we had our contractors demolish a property for a landlord who sought to ignore our enforcement action, so he should be under no illusions – we will take this all the way until his bed in shed structure is reduced to rubble.”

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