Fined Dagenham landlord ‘crammed tenants in like sardines’

Barking and Dagenham Council officers discovered tenants living in cramped conditions during a raid

Barking and Dagenham Council officers discovered tenants living in cramped conditions during a raid - Credit: Archant

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay more than £6,500 after illegally sub-letting his home to 11 tenants.

Petko Borisov, 36, was found guilty of failing to licence his three-bedroom house in Manor Road, Dagenham, at Barking Magistrates’ Court last month.

Borisov, of Ryecroft Road, Hither Green, was charged following a raid by Barking and Dagenham Council in the summer as part of its crackdown on rogue landlords. He failed to attend court and the matter proceeded in his absence.

Borisov, who collected about £2,000 a month from tenants, was charged with further offences in addition to the illegal occupancy, each of which carried a £500 fine.

These included overcrowding of occupants, failing to clearly display contact details at the property, having no fire alarm system or gas and electrical certificates, failing to install width restrictors on windows, not maintaining household common parts in a safe and working order, failing to keep outbuildings in good condition and neglecting to upkeep the garden, not maintaining the property’s window, not providing sufficient refuse facilities and failing to comply with a court summons.

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Borisov was also ordered to pay court costs of £504 and a victim surcharge of £50.

Cllr Laila Butt, cabinet member for crime and enforcement, said: “This rogue landlord crammed his tenants in like sardines and exposed them to serious danger.

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“This successful prosecution sends out a crystal clear message that we will be remorseless in our pursuit of slum landlords.

“Beds in sheds, crammed bedsits and dangerous flats are a stain on our city – there is no place for them in 21st century London.”

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