Landlord fined after Ilford property allegedly used as a brothel

The landlord of an Ilford property allegedly being used as a brothel has been fined by Redbridge Council.

Woodland Properties Management Ltd, based in Leyton, was fined £23,500 for operating an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and for serious failures in fire safety and property management.

The property at 14 Hamilton Road came to the council’s attention after multiple complaints from local people that it was overcrowded and a hotbed of antisocial behaviour, including use as a brothel.

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal said: “These hefty fines should serve as a warning to those unscrupulous landlords who think they can profiteer by cutting corners.

“I’m pleased the First-Tier Tribunal recognised the severity of the breaches of regulations and the impact these have had on local people.

“We will continue to penalise those in the private rental sector who want to make a quick buck at the expense of tenants’ health and safety, while also causing anti-social behaviour problems for their neighbours.”

NOTE: “An earlier version of this story was posted without the word “alleged” in the headline. This was only on our website for a very short time and was altered as soon as it was brought to our attention. However, we would like to emphasise that claims about the property being used as
a brothel were allegations, as is clearly stated in the article, and should be regarded as such.”

Mick Ferris

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