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Eight men found crammed in one-bedroom flat

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.

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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.”

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  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    So, Licensing does NOT prevent bad housing conditions ( unless there's a Regular regime of inspections, which No Authority could dream of sustaining. )

    Nor would it be proportionate for the . point something of a percent of the properties that need it.

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