Land­lord is forced to de­mol­ish bed in shed

Woman had al­ready been or­dered to pay £6,500

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

A LAND­LORD who rented out an il­le­gal out­build­ing has de­mol­ished her ‘bed in shed’, just days be­fore en­force­ment of­fi­cers were sched­uled to tear it down.

Ru k h s h a n a - K a u s a r Chaudry had al­ready been or­dered to pay £6,500 for fail­ing to com­ply with an en­force­ment no­tice re­lat­ing to the build­ing in Blyth Road, Hayes, in De­cem­ber last year.

Hilling­don Coun­cil warned her that if she failed to de­mol­ish the prop­erty, the au­thor­ity would do it, charg­ing her for the work.

A de­mo­li­tion team was ready to tear down the struc­ture last week, but while mak­ing fi­nal checks, of­fi­cers found that Chaudry had fi­nally done it her­self.

Last year, coun­cil­lor Keith Bur­rows, cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ning, trans­porta­tion and re­cy­cling, ac­com­pa­nied coun­cil and home of­fice en­force­ment of­fi­cers on the dawn raid that orig­i­nally con­firmed the build­ing was be­ing lived in and rented out, along with Mark Harper, the gov­ern­ment’s im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter at the time.

Coun­cil­lor Bur­rows said: “This is a great re­sult.

“We are see­ing an in­crease in cases where own­ers are tak­ing heed of our warn­ings and knock­ing down th­ese build­ings.

“We have a ded­i­cated team of of­fi­cers tack­ling beds in sheds and we will take ac­tion against th­ese rogue land­lords.

“Th­ese peo­ple are break­ing the law and could face pros­e­cu­tion.”

The coun­cil has stepped up its ef­forts to pros­e­cute land­lords il­le­gally rent­ing out ‘beds in sheds’ in re­cent months.

n IL­LE­GAL: The bed in shed build­ing has now been de­mol­ished

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