'Irresponsible' landlord fined £5,000 after 16 people found crammed into three-bedroom flat in east London

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A landlord who packed 16 people into one “dangerously overcrowded” three-bedroom flat in east London has been hit with a £5,000 fine.

Tower Hamlets Council officers discovered four families, including seven children, and a single man crammed into the property, which had just one bathroom, a kitchen and a toilet, in Bow.

The group included three families of four people, one family of three and a lone man, a council spokeswoman said.

Landlord Nazrul Islam Bhuiyan had converted the flat in a bid to make more money from rent, Bow Magistrates’ Court heard.

However, no fire alarms or fire doors had been fitted and had  a fire broken out the occupants would have struggled to escape, the court was told. 

Mr Bhuiyan, of Robinia Close, Romford, pleaded guilty to five charges under the Housing Act 2014 at Tower Hamlets Magistrates’ Court last month.

He was ordered to pay a £4,750 fine and £1,429 in court costs.

Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Sirajul Islam said: “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.”


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