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North London landlord fined £220,000 for illegally converting home into six flats

A north London landlord has been ordered to pay over £220,000 (Haringey Council)
A north London landlord has been ordered to pay over £220,000 (Haringey Council)

A rogue landlord who illegally converted a home into six flats has been ordered to pay more than £220,000.

Pathfield Estates Ltd is required to pay £163,258 to reflect its financial benefit from breaching the enforcement notice at the property in Bounds Green.

The landlord was also required to pay a £50,000 fine for not complying with an enforcement notice and £13,175 in legal costs.

The company previously had transformed the property into five flats and was ordered to change it back to its original condition by a 2008 planning enforcement notice.

But a Haringey Council investigation, which began in 2020, then uncovered the property had been converted again, this time into six flats, breaking the enforcement notice once more.

The company was convicted at Highbury Magistrates Court in 2021 and the case was sent to a crown court for sentencing. Two appeals against the conviction were also dismissed at a crown court and at the High Court.

At its sentencing last month, Pathfield Estates Ltd was ordered to pay £226,433 in total.

Haringey Council’s cabinet member for housing, councillor Sarah Williams, said: “This conviction serves as a warning to disreputable landlords operating in our borough.

“Our residents deserve to live in safe, high-quality homes and we will not hesitate to take strong action if landlords flout planning laws or leave tenants to languish in poor conditions.

“I want to thank our planning enforcement team who worked tirelessly to get this result.”

In a separate incident in November a rogue landlord who left tenants living opposite Hyde Park in damp-ridden conditions and cooking their food on camping stoves has been fined nearly half a million pounds.

Tottenham landlord was also ordered to repay their tenants £20,000 in December after failing to licence their property.