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Rogue landlord who made almost £130k in illegal Barking rent fees ordered to pay up or face jail

PUBLISHED: 12:37 27 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:57 28 June 2017

The rogue landlord of this Barking property was ordered to pay almost £135,000 or go to jail Picture: LBBD

The rogue landlord of this Barking property was ordered to pay almost £135,000 or go to jail Picture: LBBD

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A landlord who illegally converted a three-bedroom house into two flats was ordered to pay almost £135,000 or face jail.

A landlord who illegally converted a three-bedroom house into two flats was ordered to pay almost £135,000 or face jail.

Akram Hussain, 57, converted the family home in Glenny Road, Barking, into a one-bed flat and two-bed flat without securing planning permission.

Hussain, of Bedford Road, Walthamstow, raked in £129,755.15 in rental fees in what cabinet member for enforcement and community safety Councillor Laila Butt said was blatant exploitation.

“Mr Hussain demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the law,” she said. “We have procedures in place to protect people and ensure that all work meets fire regulations and safety measures.

“The majority of landlords in our borough are responsible but we will not hesitate to take action against the few who think they can put profit ahead of people.”

Hussain was sentenced and fined £5,000 at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, June 16, under Section 179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

If he doesn’t pay the £5,000 within six months he will be jailed for six months. He must also hand over £129,755.15 his tenants paid into his account as “unidentified cash”, earning him £1,925 each month. If he doesn’t hand the cash over within three months he faces 12 months in prison.

His illegal dealings were uncovered after an investigation by Barking and Dagenham Council, which will received 37.5 per cent of the proceeds from the confiscation order.

A spokesman for the council said the money will be “reinvested into efforts to tackle such rogue landlords”. The government will receive 50pc of the proceeds and 12.5pc will pay for the court costs incurred.

Cllr Butt said the council’s successful investigation and subsequent prosecution was a victory that showed it was serious about defeating rogue landlords who exploit some of the borough’s most vulnerable.

“This latest victory sends a strong message that we will not tolerate rogue landlords in Barking and Dagenham,” she said. “The council is determined to stand up for decent housing standards for our residents and we will continue our pursuit to clamp down on those who are looking to exploit people.”

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