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An Osterley buy to let landlord has been ordered to pay over £20,000 for renting out a converted British Telecom station.
Landlord Riaz Virani lost a five-year battle with Hounslow Council’s planning enforcement team, leading to his conviction. The landlord was found to be renting out the BT station, located down an alleyway between Great West Road and Spencer Road, Osterley. He had purchased the property 12 years earlier under the name of his company, Delightful Properties Limited and Lower Richmond Properties Limited.
However, council planning enforcement officers visited the site back in 2013. This then led to the council taking court action against Virani and some of his named businesses.
The planning enforcement officers found that the building had been converted into a self-contained unit without the appropriate planning permission. A planning enforcement notice was issued which demanded that the 38-year-old Osterley landlord cease renting out the buy to let rental property.
However, Virani ignored the council’s request and carried on renting out the building. This behavior eventually led to a court summons being issued.
Virani was ordered to pay £10,000 confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) at Isleworth Crown Court. He was also fined £3,300. Meanwhile his companies, Delightful Properties Limited and Lower Richmond Properties Limited, were collectively fined £6,000.
Virani was also told that he must pay legal costs of £1,277 as well as a victim surcharge of £170 following his conviction.
A Hounslow Council spokesperson commented on the case: ‘This blatant disregard of planning rules and regulations has seen this man fined and a significant proportion of his gains recouped – and rightly so. We will always investigate residents’ complaints and take the strongest possible action we can to ensure those who think they can line their pockets illegally are made to pay the price.’