A ROGUE landlord who forced her tenants to live in squalid conditions has been fined £3,000.
Elizabeth Johnson, owner of Bronze Investments, rented out a home on Waldo Road, off Scrubs Lane, near Old Oak.
An inspection by officers from Hammersmith and Fulham Council in January 2012 found serious hazards including inadequate heating, penetrating damp, dangerous electrics and poor fire safety.
Johnson, whose business is registered in Golders Green, refused to co-operate with the council and was served with a prohibition order, meaning nobody is legally allowed to live in the property until vital safety improvements are made. But the tenants were still found to be living there in October last year.
Johnson was taken to court for breaching the prohibition order. She was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay council costs of £1,300. Councillor Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler, cabinet member for technical services, said: "This property was a potential death-trap with its tenants living in some quite dreadful conditions.
"This case should be a warning to all landlords to make sure that their properties are up to a decent standard. This council will clamp down hard on any landlord that is willing to endanger the lives of its tenants and ensure that they face the consequences."