A private landlord operating an unlicensed and overcrowded property in London has been hit with a fine of more than £21,000.
Brent council claims the property, an unlicensed HMO, was the subject of numerous complaints from neighbours concerning anti-social behaviour.
The council initially sent several letters to landlord Muhammad Ilyas asking him to take the appropriate action concerning the property and his tenants.
Following a visit to the property in June 2019, officers advised Ilyas to apply for an appropriate property licence - he did not do so.
Willesden Magistrates' Court heard the case, where Ilyas pleaded guilty to five separate offences. The court fined him a total of £21,115.50, including a prosecution cost of £3,925.00 and a victim surcharge of £190.
Councillor Eleanor Southwood says: "This should serve as a reminder to private landlords who think they can operate unlicensed and overcrowded properties without any consequences. Sadly, it has proved an expensive lesson for the landlord concerned in this particular case. He did, however, continually ignore all the advice, help and warnings given to him.
"I'm pleased the Magistrates' Court recognised the seriousness of the offences and that Mr Ilyas' neighbours will no longer have to put up with the constant anti-social behaviour and noise from this property."
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