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'Zero tolerance': More than 100 rogue landlords in Brent convicted over illegal subletting

The latest, Artur Zuravskij, fined £10,250 after illegally subletting a flat in Willesden

Artur Zuravskij illegally sublet the property

Brent Council 's crackdown on rogue landlords has now seen more than 100 convictions after a man was found guilty of illegally subletting a flat.

Artur Zuravskij is the 101st person to be convicted under Brent's "zero tolerance" policy on housing breaches after he illegally sublet a five-bedroom house in Hanover Road, Willesden, to seven tenants.

Zuravskij, director of Skyline Property Management (later Enox UK Ltd) pleaded not guilty at Willesden Magistrates Court to sub-letting a property without the right.

He was found guilty during a trial on July 18.

Zuravskij rented the property from letting agency Ludlow Thompson while the owner of the house, who lived in the United States, believed it had been rented out by a single family.

He was fined £2,250 while his company was fined £8,000 after the court heard he had not sought written permission from the landlord to rent the house to more than one household.

"Breaching the law on House in Multiple Occasion license is very serious," said the council.

"If found guilty, the landlord or person in charge of the property is left with a criminal record. The potential fines are now unlimited.

"This case should send out a warning to all landlords or companies subletting properties without the correct licence.

"If you are renting out a property to three or more people who are not all related, you need a HMO licence. It doesn't matter if the property is in good condition, you still need a licence."

Councillor Harbi Farah, Brent cabinet member for housing and welfare, added: "We hope more than 100 prosecutions against rogue landlords in Brent send a clear message rented properties in the borough need the correct licence.

"There is a link between licenced properties and a reduction in antisocial behaviour as well as a rise in sustainable tenancies and an increase in safety."

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