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Walthamstow landlord jailed for not paying illegal conversion fine

Picture: the property in Glenny Road was illegally converted into flats

A landlord from Walthamstow who illegally converted a Barking home into two flats without planning permission has been sentenced to prison after failing to pay almost £130,000. 

Akram Hussain, 58, was sentenced to 280 days in jail for failing to settle a confiscation order originally issued in 2017

In 2011 officers from Barking and Dagenham Council ordered Mr Hussain to stop using the Glenny Road property as flats and return it to a family home.  When he failed to do so the council started legal proceedings. 

An investigation by enforcement officers uncovered Mr Hussain had received more than £1,900 per month in rental income from the two flats.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, said: “Let this be a clear warning to any landlord who thinks they are above the law – you aren’t. 

“We will continue to pursue rogue landlords and take action against the small minority who put profit ahead of people. The council will always take a stand against those who look to exploit our residents.”

Mr Hussain was sentenced at the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 4 June.

The confiscation order of £129,755.15, remains in place until it is paid in full.

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