A homeowner in Feltham has been ordered to pay more than £16,000 after she failed to comply with a planning enforcement notice.
Mrs Jahanara Salik was using a side extension on her property in Eastbourne Road as two self-contained, open plan studio flats, which were housing tenants.
Despite lodging a failed appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in 2014, Mrs Salik had to be taken to court by Hounslow Council before she finally took heed of the legal notice.
In April, Mrs Salik was ordered by Feltham Magistrates’ Court to pay a £13,000 fine, £120 victim surcharge and £3,000 council costs, bringing the total owed to £16,120.
Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said: “We don’t issue enforcement notices lightly. They are issued because there is a reason for the property owner to take action. Those who fail to take this action will always face the harshest of penalties.
“For too long, unscrupulous landlords have tried to make money from blatant breaches of planning laws. Let this prosecution serve as an example to anyone thinking of doing the same – we will always take the toughest action against you for the sake and safety of our residents.”