Officers find tenants living crammed inside a shed on dawn raid
19 June 2019
Officers found tenants living inside a shed in the garden of a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Brent this morning (19 June).
The Council's enforcement team raided the converted semi in the Dollis Hill area shortly after 6am following tip-offs from neighbours. They found 16 people crammed inside the unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), including three tenants packed inside a shed in the back garden.
One family of four told officers that they were paying the landlord £800 a month to live in a single, windowless room on the ground-floor. The tenants said that they had no written tenancy agreement from their landlord or any cash receipts for their rent payments. The landlord is estimated to be raking in £68,400 a year through exploiting the people living in this property.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "The landlord of this property faces a hefty fine for breaking the licencing laws around houses in multiple occupation. We will do everything in our power to protect vulnerable tenants from this kind of gross exploitation. Every renter in Brent deserves to live in a home that is safe and maintained to a decent standard."
The house also lacked a working fire alarm system, good maintenance and ventilation. Fly-tipping and the constant coming and going of different people from the property had led neighbours to complain to Brent Council's enforcement team.
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
- Watch a VIDEO of the raid here