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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Kensington landlord fined £162,000

Hammersmith Magistrates Court handed landlord, Mr Abbas Rasul a fine of  £162,000 for not having a license for his House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) alongside 22 further charges under HMO Management Regulations. 
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Environmental Health Officers from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea found the flat on Hyde Park Gate, SW7 was being let to more than 18 tenants. The flat had been illegally subdivided into 14 tiny rooms, each rented out for an average of £800 pcm.

Mr Abbas Rasul  failed to appear in court.

The Environmental Health Officers described the conversion put tenants lives at risk, with no fire doors, smoke detectors or alarms for a flat with just one kitchen shared between all eighteen tenants. The gas boiler was described as 'dangerous', it had been serviced and had a cracked flue. Makeshift electrics had some rooms reliant on extension leads trailing from other rooms to provide a supply.

Conditions witnessed posed such a risk to safety that Environmental Health Officers issued a Prohibition Order to prevent further use of the flat.

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