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Rogue agent and companies slapped with a £60k fine for unlicensed HMO

A rogue agent and two lettings companies in north west London have been heavily fined for operating a dangerous unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) at Brassey Road in West Hampstead.

Michel Zanon of Oaklands Road, Cricklewood and Galenon Ltd and Nathiam Ltd were fined £60,000 at Highbury Corner Magistrate’s Court.

Eight tenants were found living in overcrowded and dangerous conditions during an early morning raid of the property at Brassey Road in December 2017, attended by Camden Council, Police, London Fire Brigade and James Murray, Deputy Mayor of Housing and Residential Development at the Greater London Authority.

Several fire safety and electric safety issues were also uncovered at the property during the raid.

Cllr Meric Apak, cabinet member for Better Homes at Camden Council, said: “A large proportion of Camden’s residents rent privately and pay through the nose to do so. The very least they can expect in return is to live in a safe, accessible home with decent living space.

“We will always assist landlords that seek our advice but Camden Council’s commitment to residents is that we will take the strongest possible action against landlords and lettings agents not meeting standards and disregarding tenants’ rights.”

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