A landlord who kept 24 adults and children in appalling conditions has been fined more than £10,000.
Residents of a two-storey flat over a commercial premises in Ealing Road, Wembley, endured overcrowding, cockroaches and fire safety hazards while paying rent to Shyam Popat who had crammed them into six bedrooms and two undersized rooms inside the flat.
When neighbours complained to Brent Council about rubbish and overcrowding coming from the property in November last year, enforcement officers reacted immediately. Although they tried to work with Mr Popat, the officers found that he ignored their advice and failed to meet the deadlines for his licence conditions when they inspected the flat in February and May this year.
Mr Popat pleaded guilty to breaching the conditions of his HMO licence at Willesden Magistrates Court on 31 August this year. He also failed to provide up-to-date certificates, tenancy documents or protection for his tenants' deposits.
Cllr Harbi Farah, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "Rogue landlords like Mr Shyam Popat often believe their tenants choose to live in squalid conditions. It's a characteristic of a rogue landlord to be forever promising to do repairs and meet deadlines and always failing to do so. We want to work with landlords to prevent this from occurring. It's not acceptable for tenants to live in cramped, unhygienic and unsafe conditions."
Mr Popat was fined £6000 for breaching the conditions and ordered to pay £3,953 in costs.
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