Hillingdon Council demolish rogue landlord’s ‘bed in shed’

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 - Hillingdon Council

Hillingdon Council has taken action to demolish a rogue landlord’s bed in shed structure in Windsor Avenue following failure to comply with a planning enforcement notice.

The council’s private sector housing team previously prosecuted the landlord, Mrs Darshan Kingra, for operating an unfit house in multiple occupation in May 2011. She was later prosecuted again under planning legislation.

After failing to comply with the two planning enforcement notices and to demolish the bed in shed, Mrs Kingra was found guilty last May, resulting in a fine of £7,500. The court also awarded costs of £2,500 back to the council.

Following the prosecution, Mrs Kingra still failed to demolish the illegal bed in shed and so the council’s planning enforcement team took action to demolish it on 19 October 2015.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, Councillor Keith Burrows said:

The council will always clamp down on rogue landlords and recoup all costs incurred.

In this particular case, we gave more than enough reasonable notice to this individual and she ignored the law on more than one occasion, resulting in the council taking the necessary action to demolish the bed in shed. We will keep being vigilant to stop this from happening in the future.