The owner of a three-bedroom house in west London has not received a penny in rent despite her property being sub-let, without consent, to as many as eight tenants at a time for a cost of £835 a night.
Cheryl Roux, the ex-wife of Michellin star chef Albert Roux, has now moved out of her house after a decision to rent out part of her home turned sour.
Roux decided to rent out the top two storeys of her mews house, but the tenants turned out to be bogus, and have since June, Roux claims, been illegally sub-letting the three-bedroom property.
Roux was advised to move out of the property by the police to avoid confrontation, but they are unwilling to intervene in the dispute over the property, insisting that it is a matter for the civil court.
Roux told the press: “I’m clearly a victim of crime but the police do nothing and these crooks are still renting out my home.
“They changed the locks so I couldn't get in and nailed shut the garage doors. I'm at my wits’ end.”
Airbnb has removed the property listing from its platform, but it remains on Zoopla, with a spokesman for the property portal insisting that it is a “legitimate listing”.
“We have spoken to Hamptons, the agent who are instructed to rent it out, and they have confirmed this,” said the spokesman.