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£335,000 - the bill for three rogue landlords

Three criminal landlords have paid £350,000 in fines after being found guilty of illegal ‘beds in sheds’.

Brian Linskey and Catherine Hallahan were fined £265,000 after constructing three outbuildings to the rear of their properties in Hounslow. 

Council officers and the police visited the properties in 2019 where they found three people living in what the council called appalling conditions.


Linskey and Hallahan ignored council guidance and continued to rent out these substandard and illegal properties.

It was determined in court that they had earned over £225,469 by renting out the outbuildings. All this will now return to taxpayers via the Proceeds of Crime Act.


Another criminal landlord, Muhammad Efzal of East London, was prosecuted and fined £72,495 in a separate case heard on the same day at Isleworth Crown Court.

He too was found guilty of renting out ‘beds in shed’ in a property which he purchased in Osterley. 

Efzal purchased the property knowing the unit could not be legally occupied. However, despite warnings he continued to rent out the property. 

When officers inspected the property in November 2019 it was found to be occupied by six students living in appalling conditions, with some sleeping on the floor.

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