'Beds in sheds' raid catches out landlord
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing, Legal
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A dawn raid by Hillingdon Council’s housing and planning enforcement team has resulted in a landlord being caught letting an illegal outbuilding as a living space.
Four people were discovered living in the building in Hayes, including a vulnerable adult and a baby under the age of one.
Planning officers, who carried out the raid with the UK Border Agency, also discovered that the main property at the site was not licensed as a house of multiple occupation, even though seven people were found living there, and fire and safety regulations were not being met.
The UKBA arrested five people at 34 Gledwood Drive who allegedly did not have permission to remain in the UK.
Councillor Keith Burrows said: “Hillingdon Council continues to work with the UK Border Agency to tackle rogue landlords who rent out illegal outbuildings, neglect to licence their properties as HMOs and harbour those who do not have the right to live in the UK.
"We will take firm action against anyone caught breaching planning laws and housing regulations, which are in place to protect the community. This could result in court appearances and severe financial penalties.”
A married couple in Uxbridge was fined £58,000 by the council last September for similar offences.