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Jail for landlord who failed to repay £130k in illegal rent

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A landlord of a property in Barking, east London, has been jailed after failing to pay back almost £130,000 in illegal rent. Akram Hussain converted a three-bedroom family home into two flats without planning consent.

The landlord converted the property Glenny Road, Barking, into a one-bedroom flat and two-bedroom flat and received £129,755.15 in rental fees.

Hussain was sentenced and fined £5,000, under Section 179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

He was given six months to pay back the tenants’ rent but having failed to repay the monies, the 58-year old landlord was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. He was sentenced for 280 days for failing to pay a confiscation order for the sum of £129,755.15, which was originally issued in 2017.

The confiscation order remains in place until it is paid in full.

Cabinet member for Enforcement and Community Safety, Cllr Margaret Mullane, said: “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 residents.”

The case dates back to 2011, when officers from Barking and Dagenham Council ordered the 58-year-old to stop using the Glenny Road property as flats and return it to a family home.