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Landlord convicted after cramming 16 people into three-bedroom Bow flat

By on September 6, 2017 in News, Tower Hamlets council

On 17th August landlord Nazrul Islam Bhuiyan of Robinia Close, Ilford, was fined £4,750 and £1,429.68 in costs following a guilty plea to five charges under the Housing Act 2004 at Bow Magistrates’ Court after cramming 16 people into a three-bedroom flat.

London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) Environmental Health officers discovered 16 tenants, including 7 children, in the ex-Council flat at Sheffield Square, Bow. They were three families of four people, one family of three people and a single man.

One toilet between 16 people

Each family occupied one room and all 16 shared one bathroom, one kitchen and one toilet.

Despite high fire risks caused by the extreme overcrowding no fire precautions had been installed. There were no fire doors to the bedrooms and kitchen and no fire detection system.

Maximising rental income

Bow Magistrates were told that conversion works were designed to maximise the rental income with no regard to the safety of the tenants.

“Bad landlords who exploit their tenants and expose them to danger can expect strong action from the Council, and if we discover that that laws to protect tenants are being flouted we will investigate and prosecute,”said Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Sirajul Islam.

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