Plaistow landlord planned to rent shed with bed in back garden

The "shed with bed" that was built in the garden.

The "shed with bed" that was built in the garden. - Credit: Archant

This “shed with bed” has been demolished by a landlord who was planning to rent it out in his garden after receiving a record fine of £27,700.

The garden after the "shed with bed" was demolished.

The garden after the "shed with bed" was demolished. - Credit: Archant

Animur Raja Chowdhury, 41, of Bennett Road, Plaistow, was found guilty at Thames Magistrates’ Court in December for planning illegal flat conversions at a Holborn property, and for building a sub-standard shed at his home.

Chowdury was hit with an order for confiscation of £15,500, fined £2200, and ordered to pay Newham Council’s costs of £10,000.

Earlier this month, Chowdhury demolished the back garden building at Bennett Road and removed the rubble after the council’s planning enforcement officers threatened direct action.

The council has been leading a number of high-profile prosecutions against landlords who they say have been renting out properties in dangerous and inhumane conditions to exploit a lack of affordable housing.

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