Thursday, 28 August 2014

Council bills rogue landlord £10,000 after it tears down his £750-a-month ‘bed in a shed’

A London landlord who let out an outbuilding as a “bed in a shed” for £750 a month has been billed the £10,000 cost of knocking it down by the council.

Hillingdon council gave the rogue landlord three months to evict the couple who lived there and pull the building down himself.

When he ignored the request the council demolished the property, in Hayes, after the tenants voluntarily moved out. The council estimates the cost of the work at £10,000.

A council spokeswoman said: “Hillingdon council has demolished another illegal outbuilding that was being used as a ‘bed in a shed’ after a rogue landlord failed to comply with a planning enforcement notice. The council’s planning enforcement officers took action to demolish the outbuilding at the rear of a property in West Drayton Road, Hayes, and will recover the costs incurred.

“An enforcement notice had been served on the owner and occupier of the outbuilding, and they were given three months to comply. They were ordered to stop illegally renting [it] out and to then demolish it.

“After failing to do so the council intervened and took on the work, after the people living there voluntarily moved out.

“This enforcement work is part of an ongoing project to clamp down on beds in sheds. The council has a special taskforce of officers dedicated to investigating and taking action against rogue landlords.”

Councillor Keith Burrows, cabinet member for planning, transportation and recycling, added: “The council takes these matters very seriously and we will not sit by and watch rogue landlords making an illegal profit by offering such pitiful accommodation.”

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