A landlord from Bedford who rented dark, damp and overcrowded rooms in Stepney has been hit with a huge £67,000 fine.
The rogue landlord, Mr Liakath Ali, aged 40, of Woodstock Road, Bedford, was ordered to pay a confiscation order of £36,936 related to offences in a property on Moody Street, Stepney.
The Snaresbrook Crown Court order was based on the council’s financial investigation report that highlighted Ali’s rental income, and his equity in the four properties he owned.
As well as the confiscation order, Ali was ordered to pay £12,500 in fines, and £17,500 in costs on top of a victim surcharge of £120. The whole lot totalled £67,056.
The offences committed by Mr Ali related to a lack of fire alarms and fire doors, a rat infestation, widespread mould, overcrowding and an illegally partitioned room.
One room had inadequate light, and two other rooms were overcrowded, containing two people, when they were only each suitable for one occupant.
The Housing Act offences committed by Mr Ali had originally been considered by Thames Magistrates’ Court before being passed to the Crown Court.
Magistrates’ there had originally found Ali guilty in his absence, and passed the case to the Crown Court for sentencing.
The fine was handed down by Judge Nicholas Huskinson at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, December 17 last year.
The confiscated amount will be shared between the Courts Service, national Government and Tower Hamlets council to fund future enforcement measures on other rogue landlords.
Cllr Sirajul Islam, cabinet member for housing management and performance, said:
“It is vital that landlords in the borough are committed to renting out their properties within the confines of the law. We trust them to ensure they have the necessary safety measures in place to protect their tenants. We only take enforcement action against rogue landlords as a last resort.
“The health and wellbeing of Tower Hamlets residents is of utmost importance to us. For landlords to flout the law when it comes to people’s health and safety is irresponsible at best and dangerous at worst.”
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