A scammer conned three landlords out of cash by posing as a bogus council housing inspector.
Matthew Monsey, 29, told three property investors who had applied to East London’s Newham Council approved landlord scheme that he needed to inspect their properties before recommending them to homeless families.
Monsey then charged them for safety certificates and refurbishment work he claimed was necessary before the properties could be passed to go on the council register.
He denied three fraud charges at Inner London crown Court, but was found guilty and jailed for two and a half years.
Sentencing, the judge told Monsey he had carried out a calculated fraud that eroded public confidence in the council.
Couple fined over dangerous HMO
Husband and wife landlords Samuel and Olusola Jenyo who run property company SAB Associates in London’s East End must pay fines and costs of almost £15,000 for letting out an unsafe shared house in multiple occupation.
The HMO, in Bow, East London, was described as ‘dangerous’ to Thames Magistrates.
The couple denied the offences, but were found guilty of breaching fire, electrical and gas safety work at the property.
The magistrates heard council inspectors first called in May 2011 and ordered the couple to carry out the improvements, but 30 months later conditions in the house were still unchanged.
Magistrate Fitz Allen-Howard said: “Any diligent landlord should be aware of obvious faults like scorched electrical sockets.”
Property owner ignored clear-up pleas
Property owner Norman Aitken was found guilty in his absence of failing to maintain a derelict property in Wellsted Street, Hull.
He was fined £200 and ordered to pay £250 costs and £820 in compensation.
Hull Magistrates heard the council had tried to speak to Aitken about the problem, but he lived in Scotland and did not respond to their letters or calls. An improvement notice was served by no work was carried out.