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Landlord fined nearly £65,000 for breaking housing regulations in Barking

Sumon Miah was found guilty at Barkingside Magistrates Court last year (credit: Google Maps)

A landlord has been fined nearly £65,000 for breaking housing regulations on a property in Barking.

Sumon Miah, of Camden, breached a planning enforcement notice served on a property in Ripple Road, being illegally used as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

He was found guilty at Barkingside Magistrates Court last July.

On Tuesday, 21 December, Miah was ordered to pay a fine of £15,000, costs of £12,573 and handed a £37,000 confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

In Court, the judge said the sentence reflected his persistent disregard to the enforcement notice.

The judge also said it reflected that he had purchased the property in Barking as a vehicle to generate income and subsequently converted it into an HMO illegally.

Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, Councillor Margaret Mullane said: “This has been a complete disregard for the rules put in place when it comes to planning enforcement and HMOs.

“And as Mr Miah continued to ignore the enforcement notice handed to him, he now has to stump up a huge amount of cash.

“I hope this sends out a warning to all landlords who are not following the rules.”

Miah has been given three months to pay the fine and told failure to do so, will result in a 12-month prison sentence.

Failure to pay the Confiscation Order also within three months, could result in him serving a two-year sentence.

Barking and Dagenham Council operate a Private Rented Property Licensing Scheme, meaning all private landlords must be registered with the council.

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