Jailed: Rogue landlord who turned family home into illegal flats
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A rogue landlord who illegally converted a Barking home into two flats without planning permission has been jailed after failing to pay back almost £130,000.
Akram Hussain, of Bedford Road, Walthamstow, was sentenced to 280 days for failing to pay a confiscation order, which was originally issued in 2017.
Cllr Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: "Let this be a clear warning to any landlord who thinks they are above the law - you aren't."
The case dates back to 2011, when officers from Barking and Dagenham Council ordered the 58-year-old to stop using the Glenny Road property as flats and return it to a family home.
He failed to act so the council started legal proceedings.
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At the time, an investigation by the local authority's enforcement officers discovered Hussain had received more than £1,900 per month in rent from the two flats.
Cllr Mullane said: "We will continue to pursue rogue landlords and take action against the small minority who put profit ahead of people.
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"The council will always take a stand against those who look to exploit residents."
Hussain was sentenced at Westminister Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, June 4.
The confiscation order, for the sum of £129,755.15, remains in place until it is paid in full.