A London landlord has been fined £72,000 for cramming double the number of tenants allowed into his Southall bed-sit. Housing inspectors discovered 20 people living at the House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) property, which had a licence for 10 tenants

Balwinder Singh Kahlon was prosecuted by Ealing Council after an unannounced inspection by the council in January this year discovered a long list of safety and serious management breaches. The HMO in East Avenue, Southall was said to have damp and squalid conditions by Ealing Council where some windowless rooms were housing families with babies.

A rogue landlord has been fined nearly £70,000 after he crammed in double the number of tenants he was permitted to have in his squalid west London property.

Twenty people were discovered cramped in the home, licenced for 10 tenants, with some boxed up in windowless rooms. Two babies were among the group.

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Kahlon admitted 18 offences at Ealing Magistrates’ Court, of failing to comply with the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations and the Housing Act 2004. Some offences cited included a blocked means of escape, dirty bathrooms and kitchens, unclean common parts, and poor maintenance of the emergency lighting.

Kahlon was ordered to pay 19 fines with a totalling £69,100 plus council costs of £3,180.43 and a £120 victim surcharge. The overall penalty sum was £72,400.43.

Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for housing, told the London Evening Standard:

“We make every effort to ensure residents in the borough have decent living standards and are well protected from greedy slum landlords.

“Mr Kahlon showed scant regard for his licence conditions and endangered the lives of his tenants in order to make as much money as he could.

“I have nothing but contempt for his actions and welcome this substantial fine that has been imposed on him, which I hope will be a considerable deterrent to other unscrupulous individuals.”

Kahlon was given until 27th November to pay £25,000 and the balance within three months.

The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 here

Information about House in Multiple Occupation licensing here


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