A landlord has been fined ordered to pay £5,000 for allowing tenants to sleep in an outbuilding in Enfield, north London.
Sanjiv Shah, of Rowantree Road, Enfield, has been punished for housing tenants in a garden shed in Nags Head Road, despite an order from Enfield Council banning him from renting it out.
The landlord was given a Prohibition Order in September last year after inspections discovered a shed in use as a home despite not having appropriate insulation or an independent electricity supply. But he chose to ignore it.
The landlord pleaded guilty for failing to comply with the order issued by the council.
In a statement a council spokesperson said: “Inspections by Enfield Council officers highlighted hazards that left the building cold and uninhabitable.
“Some hazards were assessed as posing a serious threat to the health or safety of people living or visiting the accommodation.”
At his sentencing at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, Shah was ordered to pay a fine of £2,600, costs of £2,441.35 and a victim surcharge of £170.
Enfield Council’s leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan, commented: “Housing and making sure residents in Enfield have decent homes to live in is one of my top priorities for the Council.
“There is no excuse for renting out property that does not meet the basic housing requirements.
“Enfield Council will come down hard on unscrupulous landlords not meeting their responsibilities and who think they are above the law.
“We will continue to strive to eliminate unacceptable housing in our borough – such as the so-called beds in shed.
“We will safeguard those in our society who may be vulnerable and easy targets for rogue landlords.”