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Shut down - the garage badly converted into a 'home' to let

A damp garage with completely inadequate security, heating, and insulation which was being let as a flat for more than £1,000 per month has been shut down by a council. 


The brick building, in Hackney, flouted basic safety and planning rules with one ‘wall’ actually comprising wooden shutters which had previously been used for cars to enter. 



When local council officers visited the building – which had no planning permission and did not meet building regulations – they found two people living in the dangerous conditions.

The garage had been marketed as a one-room studio flat, despite having damp problems, no secure front door, a concrete floor and inadequate heating and kitchen facilities.

After supporting the tenants to find alternative accommodation, council officers issued a prohibition order to stop it being used as a flat; the landlord was threatened with criminal prosecution and an unlimited fine if the order was ignored. 

A council spokesman said the landlord “had barely made any attempt to meet even the basic standards we expect, and we’ll continue to monitor this property to ensure it can’t be used again in this state.”

  • Mike Walker

    Why threaten the landlord, why not just prosecute?


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