Landlord Investigated After Charging £500 for Tenant to Sleep on Floor
By |Published On: 13th August 2015|

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Landlord Investigated After Charging £500 for Tenant to Sleep on Floor

By |Published On: 13th August 2015|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

A landlord has allegedly been charging a tenant £500 per month to rent a room with space for just a mat on the floor and is now facing an investigation.

Newham Council officers visited the unidentified property in East Ham on Monday morning, after receiving information.

The council has a mandatory landlord licensing scheme in place, which means landlords must register who is living at the property and provide details of tenancy agreements and gas and electrical safety certificates when requested.

Police and inspectors investigated the house when the landlord did not provide the required information when requested.

Inside the property, which was supposed to be a three-bedroom home, they discovered five rooms were being used for sleeping, including a poorly converted loft space.

Officers found evidence of sleeping areas for ten people, despite the landlord informing Newham Council that there was just one family living in the house.

Police reported that a man claimed he was paying £500 a month to sleep on a mat on the floor in one room of the property, although a council spokesperson says that tenants told them they paid between £200-£250.

Mayoral Advisor for Housing at Newham Council, Andrew Baikie, states: “Our pioneering private rented sector licensing scheme is using council data to hone in on landlords who are exploiting tenants by cramming them into houses to make a quick profit.

“During a joint operate with the police on Monday, we found this three-bedroom property in East Ham with evidence of ten sleeping areas, including this mat.

“We are still investigating but this landlord can expect to hear from us in the near future about potential breaches of housing regulations and licensing laws.”1

Police Inspector Phil Stinger, adds: “Multiple occupancy houses can generate increases in demand on both the police and local services as they often house a hidden population, many of whom are in the UK illegally.

“We carry out weekly joint visits to addresses and deal with properties that generate high levels of anti-social behaviour and crime, whilst targeting landlords who are taking advantage of their tenants.”1


About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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