£370k fine for shanty town landlord

A Harrow landlord will be wishing he’s stuck to the letter of the law after being slammed with a huge £370,000 fine.

Yunus Oomerjee copped the huge bill after building an extension on his bungalow, which is in Eastcote Lane in Harrow.

The property was renovated into seven separate dwellings, which, according to Harrow Council, were poorly built and did not meet required safety measures.
He was served five enforcement notices by the council’s planning teams, highlighting the shortcomings of the build and the illegal nature of what he was up to – but he chose to ignore them all, and pressed on regardless.

The £355,000 fine, along with an additional £1250 fine and £15,00 worth of court costs, was to cover the accumulated money that he had earnt in renting out the shoddy homes.

Planning is not a pushover, and we’ve now given this ‘bungalow bungler’ a very, very expensive lesson. This is not just a victory for Harrow Council, it’s a victory for Oomerjee’s long-suffering neighbours and for all decent landlords in Harrow who obey the law.

Cllr Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Labour Group

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