Poor quality and crowded accommodation is our number 1 problem in Willesden. As well as moving towards wider landlord administration as part of Labour’s plans, Brent Council is already taking action to tackle abuse, and has fined one rogue landlord over half a million pounds.
Mr Hussam Hussain, who lives in Canada, illegally rented out 9 separate flats at 219 Church Road in Willesden, a property that only has planning permission for use as a single flat and some retail.
For 5 years, he illegally rented out the flats taking approximately £514,314.30 in rental payments in that time. He completely ignored planning enforcement notices served to him by Brent Council to cease using the premises in this way.
Mr Hussain was sentenced for this illegal activity on 10 June 2013 but he lodged an appeal against the sentence, stating that it was manifestly excessive because it was the maximum amount of fine that could have been imposed and made no allowances for any mitigation such as his previous good character and the fact that he provided decent accommodation for his tenants.
In his sentencing remarks the trial judge found that the appellant had neglected his duties as a landlord by failing to comply with the enforcement notices which are to protect the rights and enjoyment of others living in that area.
The Crown Court dismissed Mr Hussain’s appeal on 18 November 2014.
Cllr McLennan, Lead Member for Regeneration and Housing said “Rogue landlords are absolutely not welcome in Brent. This landlord ignored planning rules designed to ensure that residents and neighbours are protected and I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has upheld the original judge’s decision that he should payback all the rent received.
“It’s because of despicable cases like this that we have introduced new Additional and Selective landlord licensing schemes. From 1 January 2015 it will be a legal requirement for all privately rented properties in Brent occupied by three or more people and making up two or more households, to have a property licence. It will also be a legal requirement for all privately rented properties in the wards of Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden Green to have a property licences.”
To find out more about landlord licensing go to http://www.brent.gov.uk/PRSlicensing