Landlord must pay more than £11,000 or face six-month prison sentence
A landlord in Barking and Dagenham has been ordered to pay more than £11,000 or face going to jail for flouting planning laws.
Adedapo Adeyemi, 51, of Camberwell, had turned his family home on Ford Road, Dagenham, into an illegal HMO – house in multiple occupation – without obtaining the correct landlord licence or planning permission from Barking and Dagenham Council.
Following a tip off by a member of the public, enforcement officers visited the address and discovered nine people living at the property.
Mr Adeyemi appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday 16 November, where he was charged under Section 179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for failing to comply with a planning notice.
The court ordered Mr Adeyemi to pay a £11,169.47 confiscation order in three months or face six months in jail.
Do everything within our powers
Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, said: "Sadly there are rogue landlords who think they are above the law and that we won’t catch them, however, we will continue to do everything within our powers to find and prosecute those who put profit ahead of people."
Mr Adeyemi had previously failed to attend the original court hearing in November 2015 and was subsequently arrested in September 2017.
He later pleaded guilty at Barkingside Magistrates in February this year and following the conviction, Barking and Dagenham Council officers applied for a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Mr Adeyemi was also declared bankrupt as a result of not paying his Council Tax bill.
It has been a requirement since 2014 that all private landlords in the borough have a licence and in addition to this planning permission is also required.
The council is currently consulting over a new scheme to replace the current initiative. The consultation closes on 14 December.