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Thursday, July 07, 2016

How many tenants can you fit in a terraced house?

How many tenants can a landlord fit in a 2 storey terraced house?

The answer is 28, but obviously, not legally.

The Hackney Citizen has reported the prosecution of landlord Alfred Landau, who had been letting out his seven-room rental property in Stoke Newington to 28 tenants.

An early morning raid by council officers discovered 28 tenants sleeping cheek by jowl, in rooms crammed with bunk beds and mattresses and all sharing just a single bathroom and kitchen.

The House in Multiple Occupation was unlicensed, had no fire alarms or CO detectors installed and had an illegally converted attic dormitory.

Thames Magistrates Court handed Mr Landau the maximum possible penalty available to them - a £20,000 fine, alongside fees of £1,845.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like a fine of £20K+ is back pocket money to this landlord, how many more properties like this has he got?

No matter what the council and the courts think, he will still be a landlord, no matter what the cost.