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Firms guilty after converting house into 'cramped' and 'below standard' flats

The companies failed to comply with the council regulations

A real estate business and a property management company that converted a family home into micro flats have been found guilty of breaching a Brent planning enforcement notice.(Image: Brent Council)

A real estate business and a property management company that converted a family home into micro flats have been found guilty of breaching planning rules.

Wise Estates Ltd and Manlow Property Management Ltd which managed the premises Harlesden, converted the three bedroom house into six studio flats without planning permission.

Brent Council issued the owners and managers with a notice on Wednesday February 11, 2015, after receiving complaints from residents in in Stonebridge Park.

The premises was due to be converted back to a three bedroom house by Wednesday September 23, 2015, but the owners and managers failed to comply.

The average property price in the area of Stonebridge Park is £600,000 and the house is near Brentfield Primary school and Alices Wonderland Nursery.

Willesden Magistrates Court confirmed that Wise Estates and Manlow Property Management Ltd were in breach of the enforcement notice after being found guilty.

The case has been committed to Harrow Crown Court for confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act, with a date yet to be set.

Cllr Harbi Farah, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said: "Planning permission would not have been granted for this type of conversion because of the over intensive use of the available living space.

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"The illegal flats were very cramped and conditions were below standard. This planning breach resulted in a loss of a family home.

"The reason for the size policy is to ensure that Brent retains small scale family housing of which there is a significant shortage in the borough.

"It also ensures that new flats are of a good size quality, provide good amenity to the occupants and are not overcrowded."

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