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Landlord fined £100,000 for illegally converting a Barking home into seven seperate flats

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 October 2017

Strathfield Gardens. Picture: Google

Strathfield Gardens. Picture: Google

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A landlord who illegally converted a Barking home into seven studio flats has been fined £100,000.

Photos taken by enforcement officers show how cramped the living conditions were. Picture: LBBD Photos taken by enforcement officers show how cramped the living conditions were. Picture: LBBD

Nazmul Haq, 54, of Darling Row, Whitechapel, converted a five-bedroom family home in Strathfield Gardens, which was registered as a private address, into seven flats. He even added on an illegal extension to the property..

Mr Haq first had an enforcement notice issued in March 2014, giving him six months to return the house to its original condition - however when enforcement officers returned they found this hadn’t been done.

Mr Haq was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on March 24 this year, and on September 22, he was issued with an £80,000 confiscation order in addition to a £7,500 fine and £14,376 court costs.

If he hasn’t paid in three months he could go to jail for two years.

Councillor Laila Butt said: “We will use whatever powers available to us to take action against illegal landlords who put profit ahead of people.”

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