Eight men were found living in cramped conditions in a one-bedroom flat in east London during a raid by Barking and Dagenham Council’s enforcement team.
The officers discovered that the one-bedroom flat had been illegally converted into four hazardous bedsits that were in need of repair.
Although the one-bedroom flat had a license, in accordance with the rules set by Barking and Dagenham Council, there was not consent for four separate bedsits, each of which had electrical and fire safety faults.
The landlord will now be investigated, and if found guilty, will face a fine and a potential ban on letting properties in the borough.
Cllr Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for community safety, said: “We want to make sure that all housing in our borough is of a good quality and safe standard.
“If you are breaking the rules, it isn’t a matter of if we catch you, it is a matter of when.”