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Ealing Council clamps down on two rogue landlords in Southall and Perivale

Two landlords have been been ordered to pay £257,500 in fines and court fees for failing to follow planning rules and ignoring Ealing Council’s planning enforcement team at two properties in Southall and Perivale.

Zasar Khan, aged 49, of The Broadway, Southall was ordered to pay £127,000 for ignoring a planning enforcement notice at his property, while Hafiz Imran, aged 45, of Rydal Crescent, Perivale was ordered to pay £130,500 for ignoring a planning enforcement notice.

In March 2019, a council inspection found Mr Khan had built an unauthorised rear roof extension to his property and converted it into 6 self-contained flats. The accommodation was described by inspectors as cramped and of sub-standard living conditions. He was then told by the council to stop using the property as 6 flats and was ordered to remove the prohibited rear roof extension.

Mr Khan launched an appeal against the enforcement notice with the national Planning Inspectorate and the appeal was dismissed in July 2020. Following this, council officers gained a warrant to access the property and in December 2021 discovered it was still being used as flats .

The council then issued a court court summons against Mr Khan. In July 2021 he was found guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court of failing to comply with the enforcement notice and the case was referred to the Crown Court for confiscation proceedings. In July 2023 he was ordered by Isleworth Crown Court to pay a Confiscation Order of £104,000, £14,000 in costs and also given a £9,000 fine.

Perivale rogue landlord. Photo: Ealing Council
Perivale rogue landlord. Photo: Ealing Council

In a second case, Hafiz Imran, of Rydal Crescent, Perivale was ordered to pay £130,500 for ignoring a planning enforcement notice. This notice required him to demolish the side and rear wrap-around extension at his property in Rydal Crescent, Perivale.

Mr Imran launched an appeal against the enforcement notice to the Planning Inspectorate which dismissed it. Following this dismissal, Mr Imran, submitted 6 separate planning applications between 2011 and 2016, with 2 being approved and 4 being refused.

In January 2020, council officers found that the unauthorised side and rear extension was still there. They also discovered that Mr Imran had converted the side extension into a self-contained flat, without getting planning permission.

A summons was then issued and Mr Imran was found guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in December 2021. As Mr Imran had benefited financially, the case was referred to the Crown Court for confiscation proceedings. In July 2023, he was ordered by Isleworth Crown Court to pay a Confiscation Order of £100,000, £30,000 in costs and given a £500 fine.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for safe and genuinely affordable homes said: “Once again, these are great results for the borough. A big thank you goes to our enforcement team, which worked tirelessly to investigate two landlords who put their tenants at risk by not meeting their responsibilities. In these cases, the landlords initially have three months to pay their confiscation orders and risk a default prison sentence if they do not pay.”

Mr Mahfouz added: “We know most of our landlords provide high quality, well-managed housing for local people, but we will continue to take robust action against those who do not.”

Ealing residents who concerns about properties in the borough can report them by email: planningenforcement@ealing.gov.uk

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