A MOTHER and son have been ordered to pay up more than £3,000 by the courts after they tried to use their outhouse as illegal accommodation.
Charanjit Singh Bansal and his mother Baljit Kaur Bansal were originally issued with an enforcement notice after they were visited by officers from Ealing Council.
Officers found evidence of the outbuilding being used as an unauthorised self-contained place to live, complete with a fully-fitted kitchen.
The pair were ordered, as part of the notice, to remove all traces of the kitchen.
However, when regulatory services officers returned to re-inspect the property, all the kitchen facilities were still in place with freshly washed dishes in the rack.
There was also a bed made up to sleep in along with used toiletries and towels in the bathroom.
Bansal, of Derley Road, Southall, appeared at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on July 4 to represent himself and his mother. He admitted failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued on the use of the detached outbuilding as a self-contained residential accommodation.
Bansal was ordered to pay a £925 fine, £1,244 costs and a £93 victim surcharge. Mrs Bansal, in her absence, was ordered to pay a £230 fine, £500 costs and a £23 victim surcharge.
Council leader Julian Bell, said: "This case is a great example of the on-going work of the council’s outhouse team. This mother and son paid no regard to the legal notice served on them to remove the kitchen from their outbuilding.
“We will continue to investigate complaints about outbuildings being used as living accommodation and will take firm action when enforcement notices have been ignored.”
He added the authority’s outhouse team has been inspecting properties across the borough with suspected outhouses being used as residential accommodation, without formal permission from the planning department.