Beds in Sheds:
Samina Nadeem, of Malborough Road, Southall who had refused to demolish her “beds in sheds” after repeated warnings from the council, now faces a record fine of nearly £450,000 or 4 years in prison.
An Ealing councillor described Nadeem as “obstructive and aggressive” and housing her tenants in “Dickensian” conditions.
Nadeem had had repeated warnings from the council but still she was obstructive and aggressive towards council staff and refused to demolish her converted garages on Scotts Road, Southall for over a year. She was served with a planning enforcement notice in August 2014.
In September 2015, Ealing council actually demolished the outhouses, which Nadeem at the time claimed were empty, but it was found they were housing five tenants and one was a child, in “Dickensian conditions”.
As reported by the getwestlondon.co.uk, the council prosecuted and Nadeem was found guilty at Ealing Magistrates’ Court in February 2017.
She was asked to prove that the six years of income she earned from the garage lettings since 2012 were legal, but by October 18 she had failed to do so. She was then handed a confiscation order from Isleworth Crown Court of £447,552.22 and was fined a further £18,000.
Councillor Joanna Camadoo said:
“We’re very pleased to get such a positive result at the end of a very long and drawn out case.
“Throughout this process Mrs Nadeem and her husband have been obstructive and at times aggressive, using every trick in the book to stop our officers from doing their job and delay the legal process.
“She completely ignored our requests to act within the law – indeed, the only reason she stopped letting these substandard buildings was because we demolished them.
“It’s a tragedy that tenants are being exploited in this way, forced to live in Dickensian conditions by unscrupulous landlords like Mrs Nadeem.
“This case is a warning to other property owners who think they can ignore the law – anyone who builds properties in our borough without planning permission can expect a knock on the door from our enforcement officers.”
“Paying council tax is not the same as having planning permission and failure to comply with planning notices is a criminal offence. If we issue you with one, act on it before we hit you with a hefty fine and a criminal record.”
Nadeem will receive a prison sentence of four years if the bill is not paid by January 18 2019.
According to getwestlondon.co.uk Nadeem is the second landlord in the month to be prosecuted by Ealing council for letting outbuildings. Mubashar Ahmed, living at Kendrick Road in Slough, was fined almost £42,000. He was found to be renting out a garage at a property in Trinity Road. He had been prosecuted for the same offence back in 2012.©LandlordZONE® – legal content applies primarily to England and is not a definitive statement of the law, always seek professional advice.