A buy to let investor who let out an unsafe and unlicensed property in London has now been hit with a £10,000 fine and costs after ignoring past warnings.
Hassan Elaadouli ignored two civil penalty notices, totalling £7,500, which were issued for failing to license two flats he owned in an area of Brent where selective licensing applies.
On a visit to the property, a council enforcement officer found a family on the ground floor living in a structurally unsafe flat, with the front right corner of the building falling away, the rear extension falling away from the main building, a leaking corrugated iron roof, exposed wires and not enough power sockets.
The conditions were so dangerous that the council helped the family to move into a hostel where they would be safe.
Now Elaadouli, from Wandsworth in south London, has pleaded guilty to failure to license at Willesden Magistrates Court; he was ordered to pay £8,000 and £2,000 in court costs.
A spokeswoman for Brent council says: "We're using licensing schemes to drive up housing standards in the private sector. No family should have to live in this way and we will pursue rogue landlords like this all the way to court when we need to. Mr Elaadouli had ample opportunity to pay the fines and to rectify the situation and landlords who exploit their tenants in this way will be held to account."