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A Kilburn buy to let landlord has been fined for cramming at least 25 tenants into his investment property.
The landlord, Salah Ali, was found guilty of serious housing breaches concerning the three-storey property in Willesden Lane, Kilburn, NW6.
The Kilburn landlord had also failed to license the property with Brent council, and was fined a total of £25,500 for the various offences relating to the property.
Several complaints had been lodged with the council by neighbours of the Kilburn property, including overflowing rubbish bins that could potentially create a breeding ground for rodents.
The property was even visited by the fire brigade a year ago in order to stop a leak created by workers removing the property’s roof while tenants were still living inside.
Following this incident council officers visited the Kilburn property to inspect it and subsequently issued a prohibition to rent order to stop the landlord from renting the property due to the extent of the unsafe conditions. The council then proceeded to assist the present tenants in finding new accommodation.
At Willesden Magistrates Court, Brent Council was able to satisfactorily prove that Ali had been receiving rent paid by the tenants living in the overcrowded, unlicensed HMO, even though he had not been managing the property himself. The court therefore sided with the council and issued the £25,500 fine against the Kilburn landlord.
Cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, Cllr Eleanor Southwood, commented: ‘A landlord who receives money from tenants is responsible for ensuring that his or her property is licensed and meeting the requirements of that licence.’
She continued: ‘The tenants who were living in Mr Ali’s property in Willesden Lane had to suffer unsafe conditions until the council stepped in. Every Brent resident has the right to live in a safe home of a decent standard.’