Landlord fined £235,000

Posted: 2/6/2017

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A London landlord has been ordered to pay £235,000 after letting four flats in “filthy conditions”, inside an illegal extension.

Zoofshan Malik, listed on Companies House as director of Emerson Knight Estates, pleaded guilty.

Council officers in the London borough of Barking & Dagenham raided the property after being tipped off about the 37ft extension, and discovered the condition of the bedsits.

At Snaresbrook Crown Court last week, Recorder Milliken Smith ordered the 47-year-old to pay a £222,000 Confiscation Order – under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 – in three months or face two years imprisonment. He also fined her £2,000 for the illegal extension with three months to pay or face 30 days in jail, as well as pay £11,649 in costs.

The proceeds of crime case was brought before the court after Barking and Dagenham Council argued Malik had benefited from her offending following an earlier hearing on the illegal extension.

This is a rare and deliberate case but landlords need to protect themselves from this type of action. One way is to engage an agent that will advise the landlord on legislation and correct standards.

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