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19/07/2018

Brent bungalow head tenant fined £20,000 for neglect

Words: Laura Edgar
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Willesden Magistrates Court has found a renter guilty of breaking housing management regulations after a property in Brent was described as a ‘deathtrap’.

Petru Dregan was also found guilty of neglecting to protect the safety of tenants in the property and failing to licence it.

Earlier this year, Brent Council’s enforcement team raided the bungalow in The Drive, Wembley. It featured in an episode of Channel 5’s show Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords.

The property had damp and mould all over the walls, windows and doors and been blocked off, and smoke alarms had been covered up.

Mattresses were on the floor of the living room, dining room and the pantry, while makeshift bunks made out of wood offcuts, pallets and tarpaulins meant 10 men could share one bedroom.

One tenant in the property told enforcement officers he was paying £50 to live there.

As well as being fined £20,000 for these offences, Dregan has been ordered to pay £6,520 in court costs.

Eleanor Southwood, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said: “The court’s decision is a positive result for renters in Brent, who have a right to safe and decent living conditions. In a poorly managed property like this one, people’s lives are at stake. Landlords, agents and sub-letters who ignore licensing laws and the regulations around housing management will be hit hard with heavy fines.”

Brent Council has extended selective licensing to all privately rented properties in Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queen's Park.

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