A local landlord Virendra Patel, tried to argue that the outhouse he'd initially got planning permission for to be used as storage/gym should be allowed to stand, despite him having let it to a family of six ever since its completion four years ago.
However, the landlords argument that it was now immune to enforcement action because it had passed the four year time period were overridden by the judge using part of the new Localism Act 2012, arguing that the buildings true use had been deliberately concealed by the landlord.
Patel argued that he had not hidden his tenants, and denied knowing that they should have paid council tax.
District Judge Cooper, ordered him to demolish the building and pay £11,703 in legal costs.
Cllr George Crane, Brent Council’s lead member for regeneration and major projects said: “This is a fantastic result for the council and unscrupulous landlords who flout planning laws should take note."
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Landlord Mohammed Rafakat was fined £2,500 for renting out a damp-ridden rental property in Normacot. The property was described as having 'severe' rising damp and substandard electrics. The 33-year-old landlord had refused to carry out improvements. The conviction comes following enforcement action by Stoke-on-Trent City Council's housing standards and environmental health teams - read more on the Normacot landlord fined
The landlord of a rental property in Bury was ordered to pay £15,000 in costs for breaching fire safety legislation and putting her tenants at risk.
Bolton Crown Court heard the rental was being used as a cannabis farm, although there was no evidence that landlord Ishrat Arra was connected to this activity.
She was given two suspended sentences for 12 breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 - read more on the fined Bury landlord.
A pair of Newquay landlords have been fined £6,000 for failing to meet housing standards with a shared rental property they let out.
Stacey and Michelle Bathe failed to protect the health, safety and welfare of their tenants.