Havering landlord ordered to pay over £100,000 for building illegal flats

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 - Havering Council

Mrs Jaghtar Khaira of Elm Park, East London has been ordered to pay £101,300 for building illegal flats at her property in London Borough of Havering.

In late April 2016, we understand Mrs Khaira was ordered to pay £88,500 at Snaresbrook Crown Court under the Proceeds of Crime Act. She was also fined £2,500 for a second offence of failing to comply with an earlier Enforcement Notice and a further £10,300 for prosecution costs.

Mrs Khaira created four flats at her property but was only granted planning permission for two which resulted in a Planning Enforcement Notice being served in 2011. Subsequently she was prosecuted and fined at Romford Magistrates Court in 2013 but continued to illegally rent two extra flats at her property.

A second criminal prosecution commenced during late 2014 which has led to the above action.

Patrick Keyes, Head of Regulatory Services at Havering Council said:

Throughout this investigation we have advised Mrs Khaira how she should comply but she continued to breach the Enforcement Notices and prosecution became the Councils only option.