A rogue landlord has been handed a £5,000 fine after cramming 16 people into a dangerously overcrowded property in east London.
Landlord Nazrul Islam Bhuiyan had converted the flat, located in Bow, in a bid to make more money through rental payments, Bow Magistrates Court heard.
The landlord’s crimes were discovered following an inspection from Tower Hamlets Council. Council officers discovered four families, including seven children, and a single man all residing in the property. The home in question had just one bathroom, kitchen and toilet.
Of those crammed into the overcrowded property, the group included three families of four people, one family of three and one separate man, the council spokesperson said.
On an even more concerning note, no fire alarms or fire doors had been fitted in the rental property. The court was told that had a fire broken out, the occupants would have struggled to escape.
Mr Bhuiyan, of Robinia Close, Romford, pleaded guilty to five charges under the Housing Act 2014 at Tower Hamlets Magistrates’ Court last month. As a result, he was ordered to pay a £4,750 fine and £1,429 in court costs.
In another case of an irresponsible landlord, Gerard Canty of Liverpool, was fined earlier this week after it was found that several of his fire doors did not conform to standards and that his tenants escape route in a fire was seriously inhibited by mortice locks. Candy was admonished by District Judge Wendy Lloyd, who reminded him of the recent Grenfell tragedy and urged the importance of fire safety precautions.
Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Sirajul Islam commented on the Tower Hamlets case: ‘Bad landlords who exploit their tenants and expose them to danger can expect strong action from the Council, and if we discover that that laws to protect tenants are being flouted we will investigate and prosecute.’