'Rio Slum' landlord fined £220k

A London landlord who was letting properties so filthy that they were likened to ‘Rio slums’ has been hit with a £220,000 fine.

Zoofshan Malik was slammed with the hefty fine by Barking and Dagenham Council last week, after pleading guilty to renting out a 37-foot illegal extension on one of her homes, through her company, Emerson Knight Estates Limited.

The property, which housed four flats, was let at a sky-high rate of £2,850 a month, and the living conditions it provided its poor tenants was likened to the infamous Rio slums.

47-year old Malik was ordered to pay a £222,000 Confiscation Order within in three months, or else face two years imprisonment.

She also has three months to pay an additional £2,000 fine for the illegal extension, with three months to pay or face 30 days in jail, and £11,649 in costs.

This illegal extension and filthy flats would not have looked out of place in a Rio slum. Through our tough enforcement action they have been demolished so no one else has to suffer such bad living conditions. What makes matters worse is her connection to the estate agency - she knew the law and was intentionally exploiting people who find it hard enough to find property to rent at affordable prices.

Councillor Laila Butt, the local authority’s cabinet member for community safety and enforcement

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