Dawn raid in Wembley discovers 19 people living in 4-bedroom semi
7 February 2019
Enforcement officers raided a house in Wembley this morning (Feb 6) and found 19 tenants paying a crooked landlord £1,000 a week.
Brent's licensing team discovered a garage that had been illegally turned into two bedrooms with a makeshift partition wall between them; a shed in the process of being converted into what appeared to be another bedroom and smoke alarms in a state of disrepair.
The tenants living at the property in Nathans Road, Wembley, also included two children.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "A landlord making £4,000 a month from exploiting tenants like this is committing an offence. Brent will not hesitate in taking those responsible to task. The licensing scheme requires landlords to meet certain standards and a landlord or agent who rents out to tenants without a licence is breaking the law."
The raid was a joint operation with police officers with whom the Council often carries out operations. Intelligence is shared between the Council, police and the UK Border Agency.
If you are a Brent landlord who lets out shared accommodation, you can apply for a licence online at www.brent.gov.uk/prslicensing
If you suspect that someone is renting out an unlicensed property in Brent, please report them anonymously at www.brent.gov.uk/reportaproperty