A UK landlord who reportedly ‘crammed’ 23 people into a small house with room for just six occupants has been fined £7,500.
The failings at the East London property, which was managed by Marvel Estates Limited, were discovered following a raid which took place in June.
According to reports, housing officers at Redbridge council had received numerous complaints from neighbours that the home was overcrowded and noisy.
Further to these complaints, officers carrying out the raid discovered that there were as many as 16 people living in the house, despite Marvel Estates Limited only holding a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence valid for six tenants.
Housing officers also discovered evidence of at least another seven people living at the property, reports suggest.
Shortly after the raid, Marvel Estates Limited was handed a financial penalty by the council – which the company decided to appeal.
However, appearing in Court towards the end of September, it subsequently agreed to pay the fine, after the council reiterated that those who fail to comply with its licensing conditions can potentially face penalties of up to £30,000, or even criminal prosecution.
Councillor Farah Hussain, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We are determined to root out rogue landlords and this financial penalty makes that clear. It is unacceptable for tenants to be living in conditions which fail to comply with legislated requirements.
“We want to work with landlords to prevent this kind of situation but if they are not willing to do so, our message is clear – we will find and fine you.”