Landlord fined £4,000 after overcrowding tenants

A landlord has been fined £4,000 after breaking licence conditions in the House in Multiple Occupation that he rented out.

Sandeep Bhambra, of Slough, pleaded guilty to five charges arising from an investigation by Hillingdon Council.

The council’s private sector housing team received a complaint from a tenant that a ceiling had collapsed in her room.  

Officers visited the house, which is licensed to house 13 people. They found 16 people living there, in filthy conditions.

Fire safety equipment had not been maintained, which also made the property unsafe. In addition, an annex in the back garden had been illegally let out – an offence for which Bhambra had also been investigated in 2009.

Tenants told council officers that their repeated request for repairs to the house had been ignored by Bhambra.

As well as being fined £4,000, Bhambra was ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £500 towards council costs.

Cllr Philip Corthorne, cabinet member for housing at Hillingdon, said: “Tenants in the borough should be provided with safe and clean accommodation.

“Any landlord not managing their property to the appropriate standard will be investigated by Hillingdon Council and they could find themselves facing a hefty fine like Mr Bhambra.”