London Raids Expose Criminal Landlords

A series of London raids on criminal landlords have revealed several situations in which tenants have been forced to rent squalid conditions.

Barking and Dagenham council have carried out several raids on houses across east London as part of their vow to drive dodgy landlords out of the area. The campaign has led to 100 operations over the last two years. So far 25 landlords have been taken through the courts, whilst over 20 illegal evictions have been blocked by the council. The council has recently exposed a series of rogue landlords, including one who let a three-bedroom property to 11 people.

A second raid found nine people, including two families of three, living in a four-bedroom bungalow in Dagenham and paying up to £900 each for the situation. Another property was home to 10 tenants, each paying around £600 for an illegally converted bedsit.

Cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, Laila Butt, compared the unscrupulous landlords to the exploitative 1950s Notting Hill landlord Peter Rachman. She said: ‘Rip-off landlords are the scourge of London – they are not your comic Rigsby types but more like Rachman. I can assure our residents that we will be relentless in our determination to stand up for standards and drive out these criminal landlords.’

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