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Landlord fined after 24 adults and children found living in 'appalling' cockroach infested conditions

Tenants, totalling 24 adults and children, endured cockroaches, overcrowding and fire hazards

A rogue landlord who housed 24 adults and children in "miserable" conditions has been fined more than £10,000.

Shyam Popat was fined for keeping tenants in a squalid two-storey flat above a commercial premises in Ealing Road, Wembley, which fell far below basic living standards.

Mr Popat took rent from tenants who he crammed into six bedrooms and two undersized rooms in a flat where they had to endure overcrowding, cockcroaches and fire safety hazards.

He was only discovered when neighbours complained to Brent Council about rubbish and overcrowding at the property in November last year.

Local authority enforcement officers reacted immediately but Mr Popat ignored their advice and failed to meet the deadlines for his licence conditions when they inspected the flat in February and May this year.

Mr Popat, whose address was given as Intratec Limited, Argyle House, Joel Street, Northwood, pleaded guilty to breaching the conditions of his House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence at Willesden Magistrates' Court on August 31 this year.

Tenants endured overcrowding, cockcroaches and fire safety hazards.(Image: Brent Council)

He also failed to provide up-to-date certificates, tenancy documents or protection for his tenants' deposits.

Cllr Harbi Farah, Brent Council's cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said: "Rogue landlords like Mr Shyam Popat often believe their tenants choose to live in squalid conditions.

"It's a characteristic of a rogue landlord to be forever promising to do repairs and meet deadlines and always failing to do so.

Two-storey flat on Ealing Road, Wembley where tenants were kept in squalid conditions(Image: Brent Council)

"We want to work with landlords to prevent this from occurring.

"It's not acceptable for tenants to live in cramped, unhygienic and unsafe conditions."

Mr Popat was fined £6,000 for breaching the conditions and ordered to pay £3,953 in costs.

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