Landlord must pay back thousands of pounds of illegal rental income
A rogue landlord who illegally converted a Barking family home into flats has been ordered to pay back over £21,000 he had made from renting the property out.
Mohammed Irfan, of Perth, Scotland, had purchased the three-bed property on Fanshawe Avenue in 2003 and split the house into separate flats without gaining the necessary planning permission or approval from Barking and Dagenham council.
He was served with an enforcement notice by investigations officers from the council in May 2015, ordering him to return the home to its original intended use, however, the 54-year-old failed to comply.
In November 2016, council officers visited the property and discovered a one-bedroom ground-floor flat and two self-contained one-bedroom first-floor flats.
Taking action against those who put profit ahead of people
Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, said: "Private landlords now account for around 30 per cent of all housing in our borough, so it is vital we know the homes they let are of a decent, safe standard.
"While most are responsible and treat their tenants with respect, we won’t hesitate to take action against the small minority who continue to think they can put profit ahead of people."
Mr Irfan appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday 9 November where he was issued with a confiscation order demanding he pay back £21,600, the amount he said he had made from the rental income on the flats.
He was also fined £2,000. He must pay both amounts, in full, within three months or could face being jailed. Mr Irfan was also ordered to pay the council’s £8,000 court costs.
Barking and Dagenham council has had a private landlord licensing scheme in place across the borough since 2014. The council is currently consulting a new initiative and asking for feedback. Have your say before 14 December.