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Illegal buy to let house conversion ends with bill of £108,000

A buy to let landlord who converted an Uxbridge house into two flats without planning permission has been ordered to pay £108,000, following legal action by Hillingdon council.

Mohamed Omar Hassibi, 64, was prosecuted for breaching a planning enforcement notice requiring him to revert his property back to a single dwelling.

At a sentencing and confiscation hearing at Isleworth Crown Court, Hassibi - who previously pleaded guilty - was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay the council's costs of £7,000.

The court also imposed a confiscation order of £100,000, requiring Hassibi to pay the sum within three months or face going to jail for four months.

The prosecution was brought jointly by the council's planning enforcement team and a trading standards task force that specialises in recovering proceeds of crimes.

"Mr Hassibi was generating a large rental income - around £2,000 a month - from unwitting tenants and it's only right that he should handover the money he earned from his illegal activity. We are committed to ensuring that crime does not pay" says a council spokesman.

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