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Breach of HMO rules results in £30k fine

Words: Laura Edgar
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An agent who let a tiny room behind a property’s kitchen in Brent has been ordered to pay more than £30,000 in fines after appearing at Willesden Magistrates Court.

Viviane Almieda, of Falcondale Court, Lakeside Drive in Park Royal, ignored warnings from enforcement officers at Brent Council that a room behind the kitchen was not safe to rent out as it was a fire hazard.

The room in a three-bed conversion in Redfern Road, Harlesden, measured less than 6.5 square metres, which is the minimum legal requirement for a single bedroom.

Almieda pleaded guilty to breaching HMO licensing conditions, including failing to comply with the council's amenity and space standards as well as obstructing the council's investigation.

Almieda, whose agency My London Services Ltd is based in Furness Road, Willesden, was given a £30,000 fine plus £2,090 in court costs and a £170 victim surcharge this week (11 September).

Eleanor Southwood, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said: “Housing tenants in rooms that are too small and hazardous to fire risks is illegal. There's no excuse for it. Landlords, agencies or subletters who exploit tenants will pay heavily in court. Every resident in Brent has the right to a decent standard of living.”

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