A landlord in Ilford, Essex, who allowed 23 people to live in overcrowded conditions has been fined £7,500.
Tenants in a house of multiple occupancy (HMO) in Beehive Lane, Gants Hill were forced to live in the property, which was licensed to house only six people, without adequate cooking, washing and toilet facilities.
Enforcement officers from Redbridge Council investigated the property after neighbours complained about overcrowding in June last year.
They found 16 people, plus evidence of a further seven living there.
Marvel Estates Limited of 367 Katherine Road, Forest Gate, which managed the HMO, has agreed to pay the civil penalty fine to Redbridge Council following a central London tribunal.
Cllr Farah Hussain, Redbridge Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “We are determined to root out rogue landlords and this financial penalty makes that clear. It is unacceptable for tenants to be living in conditions which fail to comply with legislated requirements.
“We want to work with landlords to prevent this kind of situation but if they are not willing to do so, our message is clear – we will find and fine you.”
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