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27/09/2018

Brent enforcement team finds 26 bed spaces in 3-bed home

Words: Huw Morris

Officers from the London Borough of Brent’s enforcement team have raided a three-bedroom house and discovered 26 bed spaces.

The raid followed complaints from residents about the number of men seen coming and going from the house in Princes Avenue.

Brent officers accompanied by the police found every room, except the gangway kitchen and bathroom, contained bed spaces, including a tiny, windowless, illegally converted loft space.

Officers found more than 20 men living in what they described as “appalling and unsafe” conditions for which they said they were paying between £30 and £50 a week. The illegal house in multiple occupation also contained faulty smoke alarms, poor ventilation, insanitary conditions, 26 bed spaces and fire hazards.

The enforcement team has now launched an investigation to track down the rogue landlord or agent renting out the property.

"We have a zero-tolerance policy against landlords who exploit tenants by housing them in slum-like conditions,” said cabinet member for housing and welfare reform Eleanor Southwood.


Video of the raid can be seen here


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