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Fined: Dagenham landlord who illegally rented out granny flat

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:12 19 July 2017

Raymond Hunt  rented out the granny flat in Rothwell Road. Pic: LBBD

Raymond Hunt rented out the granny flat in Rothwell Road. Pic: LBBD

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A landlord illegally rented out a granny flat in Dagenham after he obtained permission to build it to house a vulnerable relative.

Raymond Hunt of Rothwell Road, charged £500 a month despite a stipulation that the extension must be rent-free to a person with a physical or mental disability, or an elderly member of the family.

His scam was uncovered after inspectors from Barking and Dagenham Council discovered the tenant living in the two-storey self-contained flat was not related to Hunt and was being charged rent.

Last week he was ordered to pay £4,500 in fines and court costs after he admitted offences under the Housing Act and Town and Country Planning Act.

Councillor Laila Butt, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “Thanks to our diligent investigators we were able track down Hunt’s misuse of his flat.

“It was there to help house a vulnerable person not to make money.”


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