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A rogue buy to let landlord has been hit with a £450,000 penalty by Ealing council for ignoring a demolition order on her outhouses that she was renting out illegally.
Samina Nadeem, of Southall, was hit with the penalty when convicted for disregarding Ealing council’s request to pull down the outhouses which she was renting to up to five tenants.
Further to purchasing her property in 2012 she proceeded to convert former garages to residences and began letting them out without permission.
The rogue landlord was issued with a planning enforcement notice in August 2014, ordering her to stop letting the outhouses and ultimately demolish them.
When she ignored the enforcement notice the council took action to demolish the outhouses in 2015 and begin prosecution proceedings against her.
Nadeem was found guilty at Ealing Magistrates’ Court in February 2017 and the case was then committed to Isleworth Crown Court for a confiscation order to be considered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Having failed to prove that her income from the properties over the last six years was legal, Nadeem then received a penalty confiscation order equivalent to the total equity she owns in her portfolio of rental properties, reaching £447,552.22 in total.
The landlord also received a further penalty fine of £18,000 on top of the confiscation order.
Nadeem has until January 18 to pay the full bill or receive an automatic four year prison sentence.
Ealing Cllr Joanna Camadoo commented: ‘We’re very pleased to get such a positive result at the end of a very long and drawn out case. Throughout this process Mrs Nadeem and her husband have been obstructive and at times aggressive, using every trick in the book to stop our officers from doing their job and delay the legal process.
‘She completely ignored our requests to act within the law – indeed, the only reason she stopped letting these substandard buildings was because we demolished them.’
She continued: ‘This case is a warning to other property owners who think they can ignore the law – anyone who builds properties in our borough without planning permission can expect a knock on the door from our enforcement officers.’