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Fine for landlord earning thousands who crammed SIX FAMILIES into one Wembley home without any smoke alarms

Mohammed Mehdi Ali had not bothered to licence the property which should have been a four-bedroom home for one family

Despite earning over £2,300 a month, he had ignored basic fire safety measures, according to Brent council

A Brent landlord has been fined almost £7,500 after a raid discovered he had crammed SIX families into a semi-detached house and not even fitted one smoke alarm in the property.

Willesden Magistrates' Court heard Mohammed Mehdi Ali, of Barn Hill, Wembley , had not got a licence for the property, which was built as a four-bedroom family home, but had also divided the home to accommodate more than one family.

A raid by council enforcement officers found 16 people living in the property, including at least six children.

The Wembley home had six bedsit-style rooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom.

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Each of the rooms were rented out to a different family or group, which each only had their bedroom as living space because the lounge was being used as a bedroom.

The tenants were sharing just one bathroom and two toilets between them.

'Blatant disregard for fire safety'

Overcrowding in the property was made worse by Ali's blatant disregard of basic fire safety measures, according to Brent council.

Despite earning at least £2,300 a month in rent from the house, he had not installed adequate smoke alarms or fire doors.

Ali lives next door to the rental property on Barn Hill - something the court considered to be an "aggravating factor" in the case, as he would have been fully aware of what was going on in the rented house.

As he did not attend court, Ali was convicted in his absence of offences under the Housing Act 2004 and fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,318 and a victim surcharge of £170 - a total of £7,488.

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Mr Ali had used a letting agents, Easy Let Homes, to collect rent on his behalf.

The company pleaded guilty to offences under the Housing Act 2004 and was fined £450 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £45.

The magistrates said they had taken the company's full co-operation into consideration.

Councillor Harbi Farah, Brent Council's Lead Member for Housing, said: "Given the serious overcrowding and poor fire safety in this house, we could easily be reflecting on a much more serious crime here.

"The contempt Mr Ali has shown for this legal process by not even bothering to turn up for sentencing speaks volumes.

"The vast majority of landlords and lettings agents in Brent are honest and law abiding, but we take a zero tolerance approach to the minority who think they can treat their tenants like this.

"Failure to licence your property could result in an unlimited fine and a criminal record."

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