Brent Council has once again vowed to clamp down on rogue landlords in the local area after 35 men we found to be living in a three-bedroom house in north London.
The men had been cramped into every room other than the bathrooms with bedding. Even the kitchen contained a sleeping area, while another mattress was found laid out under a canopy in the back garden with no protection against the night temperatures.
The discovery was made on Winchester Avenue, Queensbury, at around 6am on Tuesday, when Brent enforcement officers and police entered the property after neighbours complained about overcrowding, anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.
An investigation is under way to track down the landlord of the unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
Cllr Harbi Farah, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: “Rogue landlords make their money by exploiting people who can least afford it - it's a shameful practice and this is an especially shocking example.
“Any landlord treating their tenants unfairly should be in notice – we’re coming for you.”
Last week, Brent Council voted in new civil penalty measures to fine rogue landlords up to £30,000 for housing law breaches, such as renting out unlicensed properties.