Landlord ordered to pay £370,000 in fines over ‘illegal extension’
A UK landlord who unlawfully extended his buy-to-let property in order to convert it into small flats has been fined £370,000 in Court.
Mr Yunus Oomerjee, Slough, reportedly converted a bungalow in South Harrow into “seven shoddily-built dwellings and a studio” without proper building or regulation checks, Harrow Crown Court heard.
In addition, the ‘rogue landlord’ failed to comply with five enforcement notices previously issued by Harrow Council.
The 56-year-old was told that “planning is not a pushover” and that he was wrong to have feigned ignorance of council notices on multiple occasions.
He was ordered to pay a sum of £355,000 over the failings.
On top of this, the Court also fined him sums of £15,000 and £1,250 for costs.
Commenting, Councillor Graham Henson, of Harrow Council, described the sentencing as “a victory.”
“This is not just a victory for Harrow Council, it is a victory for Mr Oomerjee’s long-suffering neighbours along Eastcote Lane and for all decent landlords in Harrow who obey the law,” he said.
“Planning is not a pushover – and we’ve now given this bungalow bungler a very, very expensive lesson.”