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Written by rosalind renshaw

A buy-to-let landlord who is also a Labour councillor has been living in taxpayer-subsidised social housing, it has been claimed.

The Telegraph alleged that Ayesha Chowdhury, who represents the Beckton ward in East London, lived in a housing association property as she and her husband Faiz built up a buy-to-let portfolio.

The newspaper says it was told that Mrs Chowdhury had now moved into a nearby property that she owns.

But the paper alleges that it witnessed a woman “bearing a striking resemblance to Mrs Chowdhury” leaving the housing association property last month. It claims that neighbours said she still lived there, and records continued to show her husband still living at the property.

Mrs Chowdhury’s declaration of interests as a councillor show that she and her husband own 17 properties. The Sunday Telegraph values them as being worth at least £1m.

The newspaper also named a multi-millionaire with a £5m property portfolio as living in a council house in Bethnal Green, London.

Shiraj Haque is said to own a chain of restaurants and a supermarket, plus properties including a £2m house where he is installing a swimming pool.

His landlord, the Peabody Trust, said there is nothing it could do about Mr Haque under current rules.

The Government is drawing up new laws which will prevent anyone earning more than£100,000 from living in a council house.


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    The welfare system and all other facilities offerd by the country for the really needy are open to abuse by the greedy.
    These greedy poeple are two faced scroungers who portray themselves as very respectable ,moral, pillars of society they represent.
    The people at the bottom of the society who partly have lost to the greedy have nothing to loose so we have rioting

    • 12 August 2011 10:01 AM
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    The law is an ass and no-one who owns a property should be allowed to live in a council house or housing association property.

    • 12 August 2011 09:11 AM
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