Enforcement officers have swooped on three addresses in east London in the latest bid to clampdown on rogue landlords and so-called Beds In Sheds.
Council officers, along with officers from a local police team, found 55 people including children living in the properties in Dagenham.
In the first property officers discovered 22 people including four children in an illegally converted house with four bedrooms. In the second officers found 18 people living in cramped and dangerous conditions including two children in six bedrooms – although the house was originally designed to hold only three people.
And in the third home there were 15 people, including five children, living in five rooms in what should be a three bedroom house. Officers also discovered Beds In Sheds outside.
In all three properties there were health and safety hazards, including illegal wiring and no fire precautions.
“It’s unacceptable to have these almost Dickensian conditions in a world class city such as London” says a council spokeswoman.
There has been no announcement on the prosecution of the landlord or owner.