A landlord has been ordered to pay £108,000 within three months or go to jail.
Mohamed Omar Hassibi was refused consent to convert his semi-detached house on Mayfield Close in Uxbridge, west London. But he opted to press ahead with the conversion anyway and subsequently rented out the flats.
Following an investigation and court proceedings at Isleworth Crown Court, Hassibi was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £7,000 at his sentencing.
The court also imposed a £100,000 confiscation order which means that the rogue landlord, who was receiving around £2,000 a month in rental income, must pay the sum within three months or face a four month prison sentence.
Councillor Ray Puddifoot, leader of the Hillingdon Council, said: “Mr Hassibi was generating a large rental income from unwitting tenants and it's only right that he should handover the money he earned from his illegal activity.
“We are committed to ensuring that crime does not pay in Hillingdon.”