Condemned Manor Park home exposed by council again
PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 November 2016
A privately-rented home dubbed a “house of horrors” for its slum conditions has been raided by the council for a second time.
Inspectors discovered a young man living in squalid conditions inside the three-bedroom property in Manor Park when they visited last week, despite its landlord being issued with a prohibition notice back in March.
The landlord is already being prosecuted by the council for previously subjecting a young family to live in horrific conditions, which included missing walls and windows, a bath fitted into a make-shift kitchen and a single toilet in a filthy back yard.
Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “Yet again this despicable landlord is renting out his ‘house of horrors’ and once again our enforcement team has closed him down.
“It just goes to show that here in Newham we will not allow anyone to be housed in slums.
“Those that exploit the most vulnerable, who are suffering the worst effects of the housing crisis, will not be allowed to prosper in this borough.”
Sir Robin said he wanted to send out a “loud and clear” message that such landlords would continued to be targeted by officials, including the council’s private rented sector (PRS) licensing team and the borough’s police enforcement partnership team.
Labour MP for Don Valley Caroline Flint, a former minister of state for housing and planning, accompanied the environmental health team on its visit. They were alerted by a tip-off that the house was being occupied once more.
Ms Flint tweeted: I’m out with Newham Housing Team raiding properties where landlords suspected of breaking law.
“I want Doncaster to extend its landlord selective licensing scheme. Newham operates borough wide so I went to see it in action.”
Newham Council’s prosecutions of rogue landlords makes up 70 per cent of the total for the rest of London, and to date 930 prosecutions have been made as a result of the licensing scheme.
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