A judge has ordered a house in multiple occupation (HMO) landlord to pay what is believed to be a record fine for shoehorning 11 tenants into two homes.
Abdul Rahim Khan must pay a £50,000 fines and almost £3,000 in costs in 12 months or face an 18 month jail sentence.
At Isleworth Crown Court, he admitted failing to comply with two council enforcement notices ordering stop using the homes and outbuildings in Hounslow, West London, as letting rooms.
The properties have been converted back to two homes.
Councillor Steve Curran, cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration at Hounslow Council, said: “This is the biggest fine we’ve ever had for this kind of case, and I’m delighted the courts have decided to send such a strong message to unscrupulous landlords.
“This was clearly a case of overdevelopment and I hope this prosecution sends out a clear message that we won’t tolerate unscrupulous landlords flout the planning rules.”
A landlord was caught renting a buy to let flat to a tenant who used the property as a cannabis factory.
Justin Griffiths, 31, of Southampton, admitted allowing the property to be used for drug production at Southampton Crown Court.
Police told the court the tenant could have produced drugs worth £8,000 to £10,000 a year from the set up in the flat.
Griffiths, who collected £550 a month rent for the flat, was given a 16-month suspended sentence coupled with a 200-hour community work order.
Recorder Andrew Maitland heard Griffiths had 18 previous convictions for 59 offences including four for possessing cannabis, and ordered him to pay £1,600 in terms of a fine, costs and a surcharge.
Albert Sandi was given a 12-month conditional discharge after admitting unlawfully harassing two tenants on behalf of the landlords.
Sandi, 53, admitted the charge at Oxford Crown Court, explaining he felt he had to do what he was told by the two men otherwise he would have lost his own home.