Criminal record plus hefty fine for rogue landlord who failed to keep Brent family safe

20 June 2019

A rogue landlord, who rented out an unsafe and unlicensed property in Mapesbury ward, has been slammed with a £10,000 fine and costs after ignoring two civil penalty notices issued by Brent Council.

 

Hassan Elaadouli ignored two civil penalty notices, totalling £7,500, which were issued for failing to license two flats he owned in Ivy Road, Mapesbury Ward, where selective licensing applies.

 

On a visit to the property, a council enforcement officer found a family on the ground-floor living in a structurally unsafe flat, with the front right corner of the building falling away, the rear extension falling away from the main building, a leaking corrugated iron roof, exposed wires and not enough power sockets.

The conditions were so dangerous that the Council helped the family to move into a hostel where they would be safe.

 

On 13 June, Mr Elaadouli of Wandsworth Bridge Road, Wandsworth, pleaded guilty to failure to license at Willesden Magistrates Court. He was ordered to pay £8,000 and £2,000 in court costs.

 

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "We're using licensing schemes to drive up housing standards in the private sector in Brent. No family should have to live in this way and we will pursue rogue landlords like this all the way to court when we need to. Mr Elaadouli had ample opportunity to pay the fines and to rectify the situation and landlords who exploit their tenants in this way will be held to account."

 

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