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24/06/2019

Brent council raid finds unlicensed HMO

Words: Laura Edgar
Brent raids unlicensed HMO / Brent Council

Officers at Brent Council found 16 people living at a property in Dollis Hill that was not licensed as a house in multiple occupation (HMO).

The council’s enforcement team raided the property on 19 June following tip-offs from neighbours.

Three of the 16 tenants at the converted semi-detached property were inside a shed in the back garden.

A family of four told officers they were paying the landlord £800 a month to live in a single room without windows on the ground floor. Tenants did not have a written agreement from the landlord or any receipts for their rent payments.

It is thought the landlord has earned £68,400 from people living at the property, said the council.

The property lacks a working fire alarm system, good maintenance and ventilation. Neighbours had been prompted to contact the council following fly-tipping and seeing people coming and going from the property constantly.

Eleanor Southwood, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform at the council, said: “The landlord of this property faces a hefty fine for breaking the licensing laws around houses in multiple occupation. We will do everything in our power to protect vulnerable tenants from this kind of gross exploitation. Every renter in Brent deserves to live in a home that is safe and maintained to a decent standard.”

Image credit | Brent Council

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