Landlord from Whitechapel fined £13k for renting out overcrowded house in Barking
PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 July 2018
A landlord from Whitechapel has been ordered to pay more than £13,000 for breaking Barking and Dagenham Council's property licensing rules.
Nazmul Haq, 55, was housing people in an overcrowded property in Barking which the council claim was the source of anti-social behaviour.
The council’s enforcement team first became aware of issues with Haq’s property in May last year after receiving a string of complaints about a property he owned in Strathfield Gardens, with neighbours complaining that it was overcrowded.
Council officers investigated the complaint and found multiple people inside the property, despite it only being licensed to house one family.
Haq, who lives in Darling Row, claimed that the property was not being used as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), which he was not licensed for, and the people inside his property were builders doing renovation work.
Council enforcement officers made two subsequent visits to the property and called the police after being refused entry.
The police were then called and it was discovered that Haq was housing more people than were declared on his licensing agreement.
Haq then failed to attend a police interview and the council decided to prosecute and revoke his licence.
When the case was first brought before Barkingside Magistrates Court on May 25, Haq did not attend.
In his absense he was ordered to pay £12,500 for breaching licensing conditions, as well as £1,048 in costs to Barking and Dagenham Council, as well as a £170 victim surcharge.
Cllr Margaret Mullane, the council’s cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “This should serve as a strong warning to landlords in the borough that we will not tolerate anyone breaking the rules and we will take the strongest possible action.
“In this case the landlord clearly felt he would be able to bypass the system, but our enforcement team were firmly on the case and ensured he was brought to justice.
“I would urge any resident who feel properties could be overcrowded or are causing anti-social behaviour to get in touch with the council and make us aware.”
To report a property call 0208 724 8898.