Rogue landlords in Brent who failed to license their properties have been fined tens of thousands of pounds.

Shahid Yousaf was fined £9,580 and his company Eurostone Limited, £7,580, after he pleaded guilty to breaching regulations related to Houses in Multiple Occupation, at Willesden Magistrates Court.

He also pleaded guilty to failing to obtain a licence for his two storey flat in Neasden Lane, Neasden, where he was housing five to eight tenants in sub-standard conditions, Brent Council said.

Loft space in Cedar Road flat

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In a separate hearing at Willesden Magistrates Court, Jamshad Khan, was fined £13,625, after he was found guilty of licensing breaches in connection with a four-bedroom house in Cedar Road, Willesden Green.

Mr Khan's business associates, Michel Zanon and Samanta Tejara Andreu, were ordered to pay a total of £16,247.

The court also slapped Vera Accommodation, Nathan Ltd and Galenon Ltd - the rent-to-rent agencies owned by Mr Zanon in connection with the case - with £13,625 fines each.

An enforcement team visited Mr Khan's property after tenants crammed into the four-bedroom home complained to the council, including one tenant living in the loft.

A Brent enforcement officer said: "When we first visited the property in March this year, we found 11 people living at the property in Cedar Road.

Mouse droppings in Neasden Lane flat

"Instead of taking the necessary measures to secure a licence, Mr Khan then went on to convert the lounge into two rooms, moving a tenant down from the loft into one room and a new tenant into the other."

Cllr Harbi Farah, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said: "Tenants living in private rented accommodation in Brent have the right to live in safe and decent conditions.

"Rogue landlords and illegal sublets have a negative effect, not just on the vulnerable tenants they exploit, but on the community neighbourhood as a whole."

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