Rogue landlord fined £220k after illegally turning Haringey home into six flats

By Staff

A rogue North London landlord who illegally converted a property into six flats has been ordered to pay more than £220,000. A previous unlawful change of use of a building in Haringey into five flats led to Pathfield Estates Ltd being ordered to return the property in Bounds Green to its original condition by a 2008 planning enforcement notice.

The firm lodged two appeals against its conviction – firstly to the crown court, which was dismissed in June 2022, and then to the High Court, dismissed in July 2023 – and was ordered to pay Haringey Council’s costs of £11,100. Then, at its sentencing last month, the company was ordered to pay £226,433, including a £50,000 fine for not complying with the legal order, a confiscation order under POCA of £163,258 to ‘reflect its financial benefit from breaching the enforcement notice’ and a further £13,175 in costs.

An investigation, launched in 2020, found a new six-flat conversion in breach of the order led to the company being convicted at Highbury Magistrates Court in 2021. Magistrates referred the case to the Crown Court for sentencing and the start of confiscation proceedings brought by officials under the Proceedings of Crime Act (POCA).

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Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing Services, Private Renters and Planning, Cllr 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.”

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