Landlord fined £20,000 for packing 28 tenants into house

A landlord packed 28 tenants into a north London house, which had just one kitchen and one bathroom and 1 toilet

In the latest shocking example showing just how ridiculously bad the capital’s housing crisis is, landlord Alfred Landau packed two bunk beds into each of the seven bedrooms.

Council officials discovered the extent of the poor living conditions after carrying out the dawn raid at the property in Stoke Newington.

28 people found crammed into house

Landlord Alfred Landau has been fined

Landau, 77, had ignored basic safety standards such as installing fire alarms and providing his tenants with enough bathrooms and kitchens.

He had also converted his attic to make room for even more tenants.

Landau, of Stoke Newington, was fined £20,000 and made to pay costs and charges of £1,845 after pleading guilty to managing an unlicensed house of multiple occupation at Thames Magistrates Court.

Councillor Philip Glanville, cabinet member for housing on Hackney Council, said: ‘The lack of any basic fire safety at this jam-packed property put lives at risk, and this maximum fine serves as a warning that we won’t stand by when we see unsafe conditions in Hackney’s homes.’

‘We’re determined to drive up standards for private renters in Hackney, and we won’t hesitate to take enforcement action and press for the strongest penalties for landlords who flout the rules.

‘Those who seek to take advantage of London’s housing crisis for personal profit have no place in our borough.’

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