More than £30k in rent paid for ‘unsafe’ illegal HMO

Hunt now on for owner of the rundown three-bedroom property raided this morning.

Dangerous electrics

Tenants crammed into an unlicensed HMO were paying more than £30,000 a year in rent to live rundown unsafe conditions.

Enforcement officers from London’s Brent Council raided what was a three bedroom semi-detached suburban house this morning (April 12) to find 10 men and women called it ‘home’.

The raid identified a number of serious hazards at the address including no fire detection system, no fire doors and unsafe electrics within the poorly maintained property.

Residents were able to identify the house as a possible unlicensed HMO from several tell-tale signs: many people coming and going from the house, people smoking outside, overflowing rubbish bins, mismatching curtains, an overgrown front garden and neglected at the front of the property.

Council officers are now working to track down the owner of the property.

Spencer Randolph, Brent Council’s head of private housing services, said the tenants were paying more than £30,000 a year in rent.

“In return they are being short changed with unsafe living conditions – it’s not acceptable that private tenants paying decent rents should be exploited and put in danger by unprofessional landlords and agents,” he said.

Brent Council is ramping up housing enforcement ahead of new legislation in October.

Under the changes, the raided address would be classified as a mandatory HMO.

The new regulations will mean that any privately rented property with five or more people who are not all related will need a mandatory licence.

Spencer Randolph, Brent Council’s head of private housing services, said the tenants : “The people living in this house are handing over more than £30,000 a year in rent and in return they are being short changed with unsafe living conditions.

“It’s not acceptable that private tenants paying decent rents should be exploited and put in danger by unprofessional landlords and agents.

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