Council officers staged a dawn raid to uncover an unlicensed HMO in north London.
The team discovered 10 men and women sleeping in what was originally a three bedroom semi-detached suburban house.
Brent council officers also identified a number of serious hazards during the raid, such as no fire detection system, no fire doors and unsafe electrics within the poorly maintained property.
Spencer Randolph, Head of Private Housing Services at the council, says: “The people living in this house are handing over more than £30,000 a year in rent and in return they are being short changed with unsafe living conditions. It's not acceptable that private tenants paying decent rents should be exploited and put in danger by unprofessional landlords and agents.”
The council says it’s now working to track down the owner of the property.
Officers say nearby residents were able to identify the house as a possible unlicensed HMO from several tell-tale signs: many people coming and going from the house, people smoking outside, overflowing rubbish bins, mismatching curtains, an overgrown front garden and neglected disrepairs to the front of the property.