30 Jun 2020
Two joint property owners have been found guilty of illegally sub-dividing a building into seven substandard flats in a prosecution brought by the London Borough of Camden. They now face confiscation of the property under the proceeds of crime act which planners can use to claw back all the rental monies gained from the illegally altered building.
The case dates back to 2010 when Camden first issued a planning enforcement notice.
Joel Salem, of Highview Gardens, Finchley and Judith Robinson-Dadoun, of Brampton Grove, Hendon, were both found guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, under section 179(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, for their failure to comply with the notice served for 52 Fortune Green Road.
District Judge Allison was satisfied that both defendants were the freehold owners of the land, that the enforcement notice was lawfully issued and served and that there was a long standing failure by the defendants to comply with it.
The case has been committed to Wood Green Crown Court for sentencing and for confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Camden said that despite the successful prosecution, the owners had still not complied with the notice, which requires them to cease the use of the seven flats by removing bathrooms and kitchens.
The council took enforcement action because the residential units did not provide an acceptable standard of living accommodation.
Danny Beales, cabinet member for investing in communities and an inclusive economy at Camden Council, said: “I am delighted by this verdict as it shows that Camden Council will not accept substandard accommodation and that we will strongly pursue the breach of planning enforcement notices.”