Action by the council’s housing enforcement team has resulted in owners demolishing three outbuildings which were illegally let to tenants at two separate sites in the borough.
In November 2014, housing enforcement officers visited the rear of number 27 and 29 Strafford Road, Hounslow, where they uncovered two recently constructed outbuildings containing kitchens and bathrooms which were let to tenants.
An enforcement notice was served ordering that both outbuildings be demolished. The owner, Joginder Singh Sudera, appealed the notice, but subsequently lost his appeal. He was given until the end of January 2016 to comply with the enforcement notice and demolish both buildings.
A further site visit in February found both units still intact. The council’s housing enforcement officers warned the owner that if he did not demolish the buildings they would undertake the work themselves and prosecute him for failing to comply with the enforcement notice. Days after this warning, officers revisited the site to discover that the owner had finally demolished both buildings.
An outbuilding at 118 Springwell Road, Heston, was discovered during a routine inspection of the area and also found to be let to two tenants. Owner Ranjit Singh Malhi was served an enforcement notice for the demolition of the outbuilding, which he appealed. This appeal was unsuccessful and Mr Malhi was given a further three months to demolish the structure. During this time he submitted a planning application to retain the outbuilding. This was refused because the enforcement notice had not been complied with.
Last month, the housing enforcement team gave the owner his final warning. Having had ample time to comply with the notice they advised that would be arranging for contractors to carry out the demolition and seek to prosecute him. Four days later, the owner contacted the council to advise that the outbuilding has been demolished.
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “Putting up outbuildings that contain kitchens and bathrooms without planning permission and renting them is illegal.
“These demolitions show how determined we are to rid these buildings from our borough. As well as being illegal they place a strain on our already stretched resources and our community suffers as a result.
“We will not hesitate to take the strongest action to ensure they are removed. Any landlord who chooses to flout the law risks prosecution and a criminal record.”
To find out more about the council’s work to tackle rogue landlords or to report any suspected illegal outbuildings call 020 8583 3871 or email Privatesectorhousing@hounslow.gov.uk