Landlord loses battle to keep 'bed in shed'
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing, Legal
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A landlord has lost his appeal to house a tenant in an outbuilding in his garden.
Muhammad Afzal Khan appealed a decision by Waltham Forest Council to the national planning inspectorate but the body has now found in favour of the council.
“We’re delighted at this latest decision by the planning inspectorate. The practice of so called ‘beds in sheds’ is something this council is committed to fighting wherever we find it” said councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment.
Mr Khan was issued with an enforcement notice last year after the council discovered an outbuilding at his address in Leslie Road, Leytonstone was being used for accommodation.
In response, the landlord applied for retrospective planning permission for a ‘garden room’.
Inspectors found that the building contained a double bed, wardrobe and television, with a toilet/shower room attached.
Commenting on the decision, the planning inspectorate said: "I agree with the Council that this would constitute a substandard form of accommodation for existing and future occupants."
Cllr Loakes added: “Frankly, this practice smacks of landlords looking to maximise the amount of money they can make get by packing as many tenants into a property as is possible, even if they ultimately end up housing them in what are glorified sheds. It is unacceptable and where we find it we will put a stop to it.”