Brent Council has successfully prosecuted a large scale private sector landlord who failed to licence a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and allowed tenants to suffer damp and unsafe conditions. Brent's success in court is the latest of more than 50 prosecutions so far this year and shows the Council's determination to crack down on rogue landlords and improve standards in the private rented housing sector.
Mr Bharat Amin and his company Befit Assured Tenancy Limited were ordered to pay more than £17, 000 including costs and compensation in relation to a property in Kilburn by Willesden Magistrates Court on 25 October. Mr Amin and Befit Assured Tenancy were fined £6, 000 each for failing to licence the property in Maplesbury Road, Kilburn, plus £2, 834 costs and £1, 050 compensation.
Tenants at the property had to endure damp in the property and bulging ceilings at risk of collapse. The judge who heard the case stated that the most aggravating aspect of the case was the failure to protect the deposits of tenants.
Mr Amin is the director of 10 property and letting companies. Two of these companies own 22 HMOs in Reading.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Harbi Farah, said:
"Every resident in Brent deserves a home that is safe, secure and fit for purpose. The Council is committed to ensuring that landlords who don't provide the appropriate standard of accommodation will be held to account.
"This prosecution - one of more than fifty prosecutions already made this year - sends a clear message that the Council is taking a zero-tolerance approach to rogue landlords.
"I would encourage our residents to take part in our Landlord Licencing consultation, open until Friday 16 December. It is a great opportunity to tell the Council about the ways we can improve renting a home in Brent."