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Brent council is currently searching for a rogue landlord who owned a bungalow with just two bedrooms that hosted 15 men.
A raid on the property from the London local authority discovered the severe overcrowding. The tenants in the property wre found to be sleeping on mattrsses which were strewn across the living room and dining room floors. They were also sleeping on bunks and beds.
The council said that conditions were so severely cramped that the tenants had been forced to resort to storing clothes and shoes in furniture in the back garden, with the storage covered by tarpaulin to protect it from the rain.
The men were paying £50 a week to live in the shockingly overcrowded property, which was also plagued with issues ranging from damp to mould, poor ventialton and a broken soil stack. There were also damaged light fixtures rendering the property unsafe. Overall, the home was poorly maintained and conditions were not safe for human habitation.
In addition, Brent council claimed that the safety of tenants was compromised by the fact that there was no fire safety system inside the property
The tenants’ rent added up to £3,250 a month. This was twice the amount shown on the tenancy agreement.
A shocked council spokeswoman described the conditions as ‘appalling.’
She said: ‘There are no circumstances in which it is okay for people to have to live like this – in unsafe, squalid conditions. That’s why we expect landlords to license their properties and why we’re prepared to take the strongest possible action, including through the courts, if they fail to do so. There’s no excuse for landlords not to know who is living in their properties. It’s their responsibility to make routine checks. We will continue to crack down on landlords who refuse to manage their properties properly.’
Officers from Brent Council also raided a second unlicensed property, within which they discovered five households sharing one kitchen, bathroom and toilet between them. The 11 tenants in the property, which included two children, were paying £1,750 to live in the unlicensed home.