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Huge £173,000 bill for illegal 'beds in sheds' operator

A man who illegally housed tenants inside his converted garage has been ordered to pay £173,141 by a court.

Amir Golesorkhi turned his garage into two small, substandard flats and had been letting them out to tenants for seven years while he was living in the main house with his wife in Colindale, north London.

Harrow Crown Court found Golesorkhi guilty of breaching a planning enforcement notice served by Brent council in April 2008. 

In spite of the notice, Golesorkhi continued to house tenants inside the poor quality flats up until late 2016. He was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £161,141 in confiscation proceedings.

Planning enforcement and Trading Standards officers described the flats as "not particularly nice places to live, especially as access was down a narrow, overshadowed alley via a side door".

The confiscation order was given under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover the money that Golesorkhi made as a result of failing to comply with the council's enforcement notice.

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