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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    Bed bugs bring downfall of criminal landlord



    Council exterminators aiming to kill off some bed-bugs were astounded to find NINE people at imminent risk of death – when a routine visit uncovered an illegal and dangerous HMO.

    At Willesden Magistrates Court, the judge ordered the landlord to pay £11,175.00 in total.

    Landlord Paul Ettienne, 46, had unlawfully crammed himself with his tenants into a structurally unsafe loft space with just one toilet and no washbasin.

    Around the flat, housing enforcement officers found overloaded sockets, no smoke detector and gaps in the stairway.

    That wasn’t all -  Ettienne wanted an easy fix so used parcel tape to hold a double glazed window, and it gets gross - dirty kitchen water was draining into a bin because there were no drainage pipes.

    Housing enforcement officers immediately banned it from use – and after the rogue landlord ignored council warnings, the council took him to court.

    Cllr Varsha Parmar, portfolio holder for environment said:

    “I don’t know who is the lowest form of life here – the bed-bugs, or the man who’d put his tenants at risk of death, simply for his own profit. We’re going to stamp out this sort of behaviour – so if you know a parasite who needs a visit from us, we promise to give them the full treatment.”

    Full/source article

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    It is good to see that the information that is stumbled across is being reported to the correct people so that the enforcement action can be taken. I'm also glad to see my colleagues are being robust in the sentencing.

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