Crackdown on rogue landlords
9 January 2020
Dozens of properties underwent spot checks today to crackdown on rogue landlords (Thursday 9 January).
Armed with information from concerned members of the public, enforcement officers gained entry to several properties in the Neasden and Stonebridge areas.
In the past officers have uncovered squalid conditions which breach planning laws.
Today’s operation discovered one tenant who is living in an attic ‘flat’ without enough space for a bed or sofa and the lack of headspace meant it was hard to even use the toilet.
Cllr Shama Tatler, Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning, warned: "We will not stand by and allow unscrupulous landlords to take advantage of some of our most vulnerable residents.
"Often, the tenants are paying high rents but are not getting anywhere near market conditions.
“Properties that are designed to house just one family are home to several and this creates dirty, crowded and substandard homes.
“This is not acceptable and Brent Council now puts local landlords on notice that converting properties into multiple studio flats in order to exploit people means that effective planning enforcement action will be taken to return the property back from flats to a family home."
On average around 60 per cent of targeted landlords are typically found in breach of planning laws during spot checks.