Two men have been ordered to pay almost £8,000 for letting out flats in defiance of regulations designed to keep tenants safe.
A Prohibition Order came into force in September 2015 prohibiting the two East London premises from being used for residential purposes.
This came after an inspection by an Environmental Health Officer, from Tower Hamlets council, found the property did not comply with the Housing Act 2004.
A Planning Enforcement Notice was issued in February 2017 relating to breaches of planning regulations at the property.
One of the breaches related to the conversion of the upper floors of the premises from one large multi-occupied flat to six self-contained studio flats. The notice suggested that major alterations had been made to the premises.
Despite these works at least three of the hazards that were listed in the prohibition order from Environmental Health and Trading Standards had not been addressed.
Landlord Mohammed Abdul Miah of East London was fined £2,500 relating to a breach of regulation 5(2) (firefighting equipment and alarms) as well as costs of £1,912 and a victim surcharge of £190, totalling £4,802.
Gambir Singh, also of East London, was fined £1,000 on a charge relating to the breach of the prohibition notice and will have to pay costs of £1,912 and a victim surcharge of £190, totalling £3,012.
Neither defendant was in Thames Magistrates’ Court to hear the verdict.
Charges against a third dependent were withdrawn as a result of a mental health report from a doctor.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, says: “The council takes the safety of all our residents very seriously. Our housing officers work with landlords to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities and we will always look to prosecute those that fail to comply with their duties.”
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