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Beds in sheds demolished by Ealing council
 

Two unauthorised outhouses have been demolished by Ealing Council after the landlord failed to comply with an enforcement notice.

Demolition of the substandard residences at the back of 201 Scotts Road in Southall took place over the weekend of 26 September.

Action was taken after the landlord, Mrs Nadeem, failed to comply with an enforcement notice that was served on her in the summer of 2014.

The buildings were first discovered in October 2013 after a concerned resident reported the planning breach to the council. Nadeem was subsequently served with the notice in 2014 that required her to stop using the outbuildings and to demolish them both by December 2014.

A formal warning was issued to Nadeem when the deadline passed with no remedial action being taken. She again failed to comply, leaving the council with no choice but to demolish the outhouses.

At the time of the demolition, the outbuildings were found to be in very poor condition with damp and no insulation. They were also being occupied by five people and a small child, despite Nadeem insisting the buildings were empty. The occupants have since found alternative accommodation.

Leader of the council Julian Bell said: “I am always astounded when I see and hear about the unacceptable conditions that landlords of unauthorised outbuildings expect tenants to live in. These illegal structures are substandard and do not meet the planning regulations that are in place to protect our residents and communities. They will not be tolerated and the council will take robust action where owners fail to comply with enforcement notices.”

Nadeem will get a bill for the full cost of the demolition works carried out by the council. If the bill is not settled a charge will be placed on the properties on site which will incur interest until the outstanding money is paid in full.

In addition to these two buildings, the council also took enforcement action in August to remove three illegal outhouses in East Acton, W3.

  • Dan Jones

    Its pleasing to read the council have now taken action and demolished the properties in question, my only concern is how long its taken since the notice was served. Clearly the lanlord had no respect for what she was doing nor the council and continued to abuse her 'power' for months afterwards. I note there is a financial charge against this Lady, where is the 'other' charge to stop her doing something like this again?

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    I would have to agree with Dan why on earth has it taken the council so long to act? I would also hope that there is a charge to recover the illegal rents that the landlord has pocketed over the years from operating in this manner

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    Totally agree with Dan and Carol. But there is a flaw here. That flaw being to get the money the houses on site have to be SOLD. This joker will simply not sell the houses. and keep them mortgaged high...

    Sorry but this is not robust action, far from it. A letting banning order and bill to be settled within 30 days is robust. You may find that the properties on site have been transferred to someone elses name already..

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    Proceeds of Crime legislation provides a mean to obtain the money received in rent by the landlord which maybe could be put towards the costs of demolition.

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