Yet more rogue landlords in Wembley have been fined for failing to ensure the property that they rented and sublet was licensed.
Daniel and Alima Borzos, of Peel Road, were ordered to pay a total of £10,334 by Willesden Magistrates’ Court.
The couple rented the four-bedroom property from a letting agent, telling staff that they and their small child would live there. They then sublet the property to a group of other tenants. When enforcement officers from Brent Council raided the property in April, they found a total of 16 mattresses at the property, with more than 20 people thought to be living there.
The court found the pair guilty of failing to provide evidence of their tenancy, and fined Mrs Borzos £7,000 and Mr. Borzos £2,000, while each was also ordered to pay costs of £487 and a victim surcharge of £170. They have now left the property.
The Borzos’ prosecution means that a total of 35 rogue landlords have been successfully convicted in Brent since January 2016, under a licensing scheme that aims to improve standards in the area’s private rental sector.
Councillor Harbi Farah, the Brent Cabinet Member for Housing, says: “This case once again demonstrates the importance of Brent’s private sector licensing scheme.
“While there are many good landlords in Brent who have licensed their properties, there’s still a minority who haven’t, who are operating illegally and exploiting people for profit.
“We will always push for the strongest penalties against unlicensed properties in Brent, so we’re pleased to see rogue landlords like the Borzos receive a substantial punishment.”
Since the start of the year, Brent Council has considerably increased its enforcement activity, with between two to five prosecutions every week and many more raids and prosecutions expected in the coming months.
If you are a private landlord in Brent, you must be aware that you may be legally required to obtain a license from the council. Find out more at www.brent.gov.uk/prslicensing to avoid being named and shamed as a rogue landlord!