A Wembley landlord family have been forced to repay the money they earned cramming 31 tenants into a house in a negligible condition.
A landmark legal case has lead to mother and daughter Harsha and Chandani Shah and Mrs Harsha Shah’s brother, Sanjay Shah found guilty of breaching licensing laws. They were ordered to pay £35,000 in costs,
On January 31, it was ruled at Harrow Crown Court that Brent Council can use the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) in order to recover criminal gains from the rogue landlords in a landmark court case set for this summer.
The Wembley landlord family had earned hundreds of thousands of pounds from tenants who were kept in substandard conditions in the four-bedroom property.
The Shah family will be subject to a large confiscation order for financial benefit gained or saved as result of contraventions of the Management of HMO Regulations 2006. The confiscation order could be for hundreds of thousands of pounds as it covers breaches of the licensing conditions the Shahs committed. It also covers the property that they had failed to fix.
Jaydipkumar Valand collected around £112,000 rent from the tenants for the Shah family in 2015 to 2016. He was found guilty at trial last year and may also be ordered to repay any financial benefit gained under this POCA ruling.
Brent cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, Councillor Harbi Farah, spoke out against rogue Wembley landlords, saying: ‘This is a landmark legal decision for our zero tolerance policy against rogue landlords. We will use all the powers we have to put an end to tenants living in misery, and this includes the Proceeds of Crime Act. We want to work with landlords and agents to improve the standard of living in the private rented sector, and we urge those responsible to licence their properties and comply with licensing conditions.’