A landlord who illegally converted a London home into two flats without planning permission has been given a prison sentence after failing to pay almost £130,000.
Akram Hussain of Walthamstow has been jailed for 280 days for failing to settle the confiscation order, which was originally issued to the him in 2017.
The case dates back to 2011, when officers from Barking and Dagenham council ordered Hussain to stop using the property as flats and return it to a family home.
He failed to do so, and the council started legal proceedings.
At the time, an investigation by enforcement officers uncovered Hussain had received more than £1,900 per month in rental income from the two flats.
Earlier this month Hussain was sentenced at the City of Westminister Magistrates’ Court; the confiscation order, for the sum of £129,755.15, remains in place until it is paid in full.
Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, says: “Let this be a clear warning to any landlord who thinks they are above the law – you aren’t. We will continue to pursue rogue landlords and take action against the small minority who put profit ahead of people. The council will always take a stand against those who look to exploit our residents.”