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Council adopts ‘zero-tolerance approach’ to rogue landlords

A private landlord has been fined by Willesden Magistrates Court for poor and potentially dangerous housing conditions following a prosecution by Brent Council.

The prosecution of Monojor Ali, of Cairnfield Avenue, NW2, is one of more than fifty already made this year by Brent Council, which councillor Harbi Farah, cabinet member for housing, says “sends a clear message that the council is taking a zero-tolerance approach to rogue landlords”.

Ali was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,318 plus a £170 surcharge for breach of House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence.


The property in Buxton Road, Willesden Green, was found by Brent Housing Inspectors to have inadequate fire protection to the communal areas, faulty wiring, and broken smoke alarms.

Ali was given the opportunity to rectify conditions and given a deadline to do so, however failed to take any action.

Councillor Farah said: “Every resident in Brent deserves a home that is safe, secure and fit for purpose and landlords that don't provide a good standard of accommodation will be prosecuted.”

Brent Council is now urging local residents to take part in their landlord licensing consultation, open until Friday 16 December.

“It is a great opportunity to tell the council about the ways we can improve renting a home in Brent,” Farah added. 

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