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North London Planning Breaches Create £1.5m Fine

by Paul Addison on January 17, 2019 No comments

After a landlord was caught breaching planning rules for five years in two London boroughs, he has been ordered pay £1.5 million by the Harrow Crown Court, or he faces 9 years of jail time.

56-year-old, Vispasp Sarkari, was found guilty of converting numerous dwellings in Harrow and Brent into insufficient flats without planning permission.

It is said by the councils that he was squeezing tenants into the hazardous conversions, as well as charging extortionate leases.

Included in Sarkari’s properties was one in Brent, that was converted to 8‘box room bedsits’, as well as an additional 4 propertied like this in Harrow.

All planning enforcement notices has been ignored.

A restraint was secured against Sarkari by Brent Council, meaning Sarkari can’t dispose of his assets before the order has been fully paid.

Additionally, the council can force the sale of his properties if he does not pay the fine in full.

Brent Council’s cabinet member for community safety, Tom Miller, said:

“Slum landlords won’t be tolerated – plain and simple. If you ignore planning laws or leave tenants to languish in poor conditions, then we will find you, we will take action in court, and we will win.”

Harrow Council’s cabinet member for planning, Keith Ferry, continued:

“Justice means taking the ill-gotten gains off this slumlord millionaire. This is a man who thought he couldn’t be stopped. He was wrong, and thanks to our joint work with Brent Council, Sarkari’s criminal venture is finished.”

Per Judge Wood, the breaches were;

“a flagrant abuse of the Town and Country Planning legislation”. 

A separate fine of £12,000 was also actioned against Sarkari, and he was ordered to fully pay both councils’ costs.

For ignoring planning laws, a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was made against Sarkari for £303,112.00 in 2012.

He is additionally being prosecuted for fire safety offences and gas safety breaches.

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Paul AddisonNorth London Planning Breaches Create £1.5m Fine

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