A retired GP who operated an illegal house in multiple occupancy, with up to nine tenants, has been ordered to pay more than £6,700.
Merton council has successfully prosecuted another rogue landlord, for flouting the law which protects the health and safety of private tenants.
Dr Mohammad Abdus Samad, from Forest Road, Sutton, pleaded guilty to failing to register a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) and four other related charges, at Lavender Hill Magistrates Court in Battersea on Friday, October 25.
The 75-year-old faced the charges in relation to a two-storey property he owns in Clive Road, Colliers Wood.
The semi-detached home, with four upstairs bedrooms and three reception rooms on the ground floor converted to bedrooms, housed up to nine tenants.
An investigation by Merton council’s Housing Enforcement Officers, in March this year, revealed there were more than five unrelated tenants at the property sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities, so the property should have been licensed as a HMO.
The inspection of the house by council officers, also revealed several breaches of the rules for HMOs.
The breaches included not having fire alarms and protected fire exits, as well as badly maintained and dirty conditions in shared areas, including the stairwell, kitchen and shower room.