Two rogue landlords who were fined more than £36k for renting out illegal outbuildings have finally demolished four self-contained flats following pressure from Hounslow Council’s planning and housing enforcement officers.
The outbuildings, which were across three adjoining properties in Ellerdine Road, Hounslow, were finally knocked down last month (August) by the landlords, Palminder Singh and Nirmal Kaur Sanghera, of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
In December 2014, a multi-agency raid, undertaken with HMRC, Metropolitan Police and Immigration Enforcement officers uncovered 19 separate units across six properties owned by Singh and Sanghera
Following these raids, the owners were fined £36, 340 after they pleaded guilty to breaches of the Housing Act including broken fire alarms, obstructed fire escapes and poor kitchen conditions.
Planning Enforcement Notices were issued for the demolition of four properties owned by the landlords.
An appeal to the Planning Inspector by the owners saw the council’s notices upheld. Finally, pressure from enforcement officers led Singh and Sanghera to demolish these structures themselves.
The council took a further outbuilding out of residential use, along with two self-contained loft extensions and a management office at other sites owned by the landlords.
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “These rogue landlords acted just in time. Planning enforcement officers were poised to order the demolition of the buildings using a council contractor – and sending Singh and Sanghera a bill for doing so.
“For far too long, landlords like these have tried to let out sub-standard illegal housing to vulnerable tenants in the hope of making a quick profit. We are taking the strongest action possible against these unscrupulous individuals and will continue to do so until this blight on our borough is eliminated once and for all.”
Private tenants can report any concerns about their housing conditions to the council’s Housing Enforcement team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8583 3878