Owners who rent out sub-standard homes to tenants are being told to watch out after Hammersmith and Fulham Council said it would using cash windfalls from successful landlord prosecution to come after them.

It says the cash-boost will be spent on more council officers working to defend tenants’ rights as it looks to crack down on criminals who make their tenants’ lives a misery or put them at risk.

Recent successes in the courts has seen dodgy landlords cough up thousands.

They include Sunil Patel, who was prosecuted at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court in December, where he was given an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of more than £8,600 after he failing to carry out a raft of checks and repairs at his flat in Australia Road, White City .

A leaking pipe in Sunil Patel's flat in White City (Pic: LBHF)

Patel had forced his tenants to live in a ‘house of horrors’ with mould on the walls, broken smoke alarms, faulty electrics, a missing letterbox letting in draughts, faulty central heating, broken laminate flooring and a missing carpet.

Other success stories include a landlord from Harrow Road, North Acton, who was prosecuted for operating a house in multiple occupation (HMO) without a licence, failing to carry out gas or electrical safety checks, failing to provide a decent fire escape or treating damp and mould. They were fined £20,000 and told to pay nearly £5,000 in costs.

And the landlord of a property in Talgarth Road, Hammersmith was fined £28,000 and told to pay more than £2,000 costs for failing to get a HMO licence and renting property with a broken boiler and toilet that leaked waste.

Damp and mould in a bedroom in Sunil Patel's flat in White City (Pic: LBHF)

“Rogue landlords are a blight on too many peoples’ lives across the borough, and the council is determined to root them out,” said council housing supremo Lisa Homan

“We will continue to stand up for tenants — and their families — whose lives are made a misery, and even endangered, by dodgy landlords.

“Everyone who pays rent has the right to live in a safe and comfortable home and we will not hesitate to haul these unscrupulous property owners before the courts to protect our residents.”