Rogue landlord who stripped roof off tenants’ home slammed with £25k fine
31 July 2019
A rogue landlord, who housed more than 25 tenants in a rundown property, has been found guilty of serious housing breaches.
Salah Ali's three-storey house in Willesden Lane, Kilburn, became a nightmare for neighbours who complained to the council about the property's overflowing rubbish bins creating a breeding ground for rodents.
On 22 July this year, Willesden Magistrates Court found Mr Ali guilty of housing breaches and a failure to licence. Brent was able to prove that he had been receiving rent paid by the tenants living in the overcrowded, unlicensed HMO, although he had not been managing the property himself.
Mr Ali, of Carlton Avenue East, Wembley, was ordered to pay a £25,500 fine.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "A landlord who receives money from tenants is responsible for ensuring that his or her property is licensed and meeting the requirements of that licence. The tenants who were living in Mr Ali's property in Willesden Lane had to suffer unsafe conditions until the council stepped in. Every Brent resident has the right to live in a safe home of a decent standard."
In July last year, the Fire Brigade was called to stop a leak at the house caused by workers removing the property's roof while tenants were still living inside. Council enforcement officers visited the property following this incident and delivered a prohibition to rent order to Mr Ali due to the extent of the unsafe conditions. Brent's housing team assisted the tenants in finding new homes.
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