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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ilford landlord and letting agent fined

An Ilford letting agent and landlord have
been found guilty of nine housing offences by Romford Magistrates’ Court.

The letting agent Ayub Patel, alongside landlord, Abu Taher were prosecuted for an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in Lansdowne Road, Ilford IG3.

Issues with the property were first raised following the visit of a Council Tax inspector. A Magistrates' warrant was served by the Council’s Housing Standards Team and Housing Enforcement Officers inspected the property to find that it was being let as an HMO. A total of sixteen adults and one child were found to be living in the end of terrace house.

The property was described as suffering from mould, dampness, a dangerous electrical installation and fire safety issues.

The defendants were each found guilty of nine offences – one offence of operating a licensable HMO without a licence and eight housing management offences, and were each ordered to pay fines of £5,000 and court costs of £1,695.

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