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Fined: Rogue landlord who illegally converted three-bed house in Barking into flats

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 November 2018

The property in Fanshawe Avenue, which was bought in 2003 as a three-bed house and converted into three separate flats. Picture: LBBD

The property in Fanshawe Avenue, which was bought in 2003 as a three-bed house and converted into three separate flats. Picture: LBBD

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A rogue landlord has been fined more than £30,000 after converting a family home in Barking into flats.

Mohammed Irfan was ordered to pay more than £30,000, including the rent he made, for his illegal house conversion. Picture: LBBDMohammed Irfan was ordered to pay more than £30,000, including the rent he made, for his illegal house conversion. Picture: LBBD

Mohammed Irfan, 54, from Perth in Scotland, bought the three-bed in Fanshawe Avenue in 2003, before turning it into flats without planning permission.

He ignored an enforcement notice from 2015 ordering him to return it to one home, and when council officers visited in 2016, they found three one-bedroom flats in the property.

At Snaresbrook Crown Court last week, he was issued a confiscation order demanding he pay £21,600, the amount he made from rent, along with a £2,000 fine and £8,000 for the council’s court costs.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement, said: “Private landlords now account for around 30 per cent of all housing in our borough, so it is vital we know the homes they let are of a decent, safe standard.

“While most are responsible and treat their tenants with respect, we won’t hesitate to take action against the small minority who think they can put profit ahead of people.”

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