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Monday, August 18, 2014

Husband and wife landlords fined £66,000

Husband and wife landlords from Ilford, Rana Mohammed Irfan and his wife Naheed Rana Irfan,
have been hit with a big, £66,000 fine, for renting out an HMO in Loxford. 

The rental property had been converted into five “studio” flats without seeking the proper planning approval or meeting regulations.

The conversions had been done in such a way that they breached a long list of safety regulations and were in a poor state of repair - electrics were found to be dangerous, their were unprotected escape routes, leaking water and no fire alarms at the property. 

The landlords were first served with an Emergency Prohibition Order in July 2012, but ignored it, and  continued to rent out the property. They then were prosecuted for housing offences by Redbridge Council in March 2013, but despite of this, they continued renting out the property, which then lead to them been found guilty to a further nine offences under the Housing Act in  December 2013. The case was then sent to Snaresbrook Crown Court, where they have each been ordered to pay £32,985, or face an 18 months prison sentence.

Maybe this time they'll listen…??

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