A rogue landlord who breached an enforcement notice has been ordered to pay over £170,000 after illegally housing tenants in a converted garage.
Amir Golesorkhi of Ridge Close, Colindale was forced to pay £173,141 after he was found to have turned his garage into two small flats. He had been renting these out for the last seven years without permission.
Harrow Crown Court found Mr Golesorkhi guilty of breaching a planning enforcement notice that had been served by Brent Council in April 2008. He continued to house tenants up until 2016.
Officers from planning enforcement and Trading Standards described the flats as ‘not particularly nice places to live, especially as access was down a narrow, overshadowed alley via a side door.’
The case resulted in Mr Golesorkhi being fined £12,000 and then ordered to pay £161,141 in confiscation proceedings.
The confiscation order issued to the landlord under the Proceeds of Crime Act in order to recover the money that Mr Golesorkhi made as a result of failing to comply with the enforcement notice previously issued by Brent Council.
Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, Councilor Harbi Farah, commented on the case: ‘This is a victory for Brent residents. Housing tenants in poor conditions is unacceptable and rogue landlords will pay heavily out of their pockets if they do so. Brent Council is committed to protecting renters from landlords who exploit people in the private rented sector for a quick buck. Overcrowding, poor safety in the home, micro flats and unlicensed properties are issues that we take very seriously.’
Mr Golesorkhi was not the first Brent landlord to meet this fate. Over 100 rogue landlords have faced criminal prosecutions against them since Brent Council launched an enforcement crackdown. Cumulatively, Brent’s criminal landlord population has been forced to pay half a million pounds in fines since January 2016.