Rana Mohammed Irfan and his wife Naheed Rana Irfan were fined record sum for renting unsafe property

A dangerous fitting in the bathroom of the property.

A dangerous fitting in the bathroom of the property.

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A married couple have been fined £65,970 for renting out unsafe property.

The two-story house in Roman Road, Ilford, had been illegally converted into five studio flats, with no alarm system or fire escape routes, exposed electrics and water leaks.

Rana Mohammed Irfan and his wife Naheed Rana Irfan, from De Vere Gardens, Ilford, have to pay within five months, or face an 18 month prison sentence.

Redbridge council said it is their record fine under the Housing Act 2004 and one of the highest fines for Housing Act offences in the country.

This case is part of a crackdown by the council on unscrupulous landlords in the borough, with another landlord being fined £19,000 last month.

The property was visited on several occasions between July 2012 and January 2014 by the council, and at Snaresbrook Crown Court on July 24 this year, each landlord was ordered to pay £32,985 after pleading guilty.


 

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3:18pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

You can fine them any amount.

Getting the cash is the hardest thing.
You can fine them any amount. Getting the cash is the hardest thing. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 6

4:51pm Fri 8 Aug 14

cynicalsue says...

Oh I bet that fine hurt them. I expect they've other properties in equally awful conditions. They should have gone to prison.
Oh I bet that fine hurt them. I expect they've other properties in equally awful conditions. They should have gone to prison. cynicalsue
  • Score: 10

5:15pm Fri 8 Aug 14

T. Watts says...

What is wrong with 'these' people?
What is wrong with 'these' people? T. Watts
  • Score: 7

5:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

Greed and do not give a f***
Greed and do not give a f*** Howard Wolowitz
  • Score: 8

10:24pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

T. Watts wrote:
What is wrong with 'these' people?
They are letting property that is unfit for human occupation, that is what is wrong.
[quote][p][bold]T. Watts[/bold] wrote: What is wrong with 'these' people?[/p][/quote]They are letting property that is unfit for human occupation, that is what is wrong. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

8:29am Sat 9 Aug 14

It's good to talk says...

The only way to get through to these people is to cease the property and put them in prison. They knowingly created an illegal dangerous dwelling without planning permission and had since 2012 to sort it out. All they were interested in was making money. People like this give Landlords a bad name.
The only way to get through to these people is to cease the property and put them in prison. They knowingly created an illegal dangerous dwelling without planning permission and had since 2012 to sort it out. All they were interested in was making money. People like this give Landlords a bad name. It's good to talk
  • Score: 10

12:29pm Sun 10 Aug 14

mdj says...

If a vehicle in such condition was on the road it could be confiscated in the name of public safety; do we need similar powers in regard to rented housing? Most of the money to pay this fine may have been raised in rent on this property over the period since its defects were public knowledge, which is no deterrent at all.
If a vehicle in such condition was on the road it could be confiscated in the name of public safety; do we need similar powers in regard to rented housing? Most of the money to pay this fine may have been raised in rent on this property over the period since its defects were public knowledge, which is no deterrent at all. mdj
  • Score: 4

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