A landlord who illegally rented a “bed in a shed” in Slough was asked to repay thousands of pounds.
The building, in the back yard of a house on Reddington Drive, Langley, had a shower room, washing machine, and appliances, and the Slough Borough Council called it a “bed in a shed.”
In 2015, a planning enforcement notice was issued preventing Vig from issuing it.
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Slough Borough Council noted that they were still using it when they applied for permission to convert the house into an apartment building.
Some of the white goods had been removed, but the building still contained everything needed to be a self-contained unit.
Vig and his wife Maria Vig appeared in Reading Crown Court for a hearing on the Proceeds of Crime Act on Wednesday October 6th for renting the unit for £ 160 a week.
Both gave between the 21.
Vig of Scotlands Drive, Farnham Common, was fined £ 5,000 for disregarding the warrant.
He has to pay within six months or faces a three-month prison sentence.
He also has to pay £ 8,161.67 for council expenses.
Ms. Vig was granted a six-month conditional release, with judge Emma Nott informing her that she was the landlord by name and that all responsibility for the property would be assumed by her husband.
Nonetheless, she was ordered to pay the remaining £ 4,000 in costs of the council.
In her judgment, Judge Nott said: “I am satisfied that Mr. Vig knew exactly that the continued commercial use of the outbuilding violated the enforcement order.
“Photos from July 24, 2019 show a kitchenette – washing machine, microwave, refrigerator with freezer, washing facilities, cupboards with food and glassware.
“With or without kitchen equipment, it is a self-contained residential unit and the rental agreements show that it was rented out in this way.
“As a commercial landlord, he has a clear duty to understand and comply with all rules, regulations and notices relating to the property he is renting.
“The infraction is exacerbated by the length of time it was commissioned, the fact that it was committed for the purpose of financial gain, the poverty of the amenities the property offers to the tenant of the outbuilding, and the adverse effects on the tenant of the main property.”
Following the conviction, Beni Bains City Councilor, Slough Cabinet Member for Regulation and Public Protection, said: “Beds in sheds are not tolerated in the district.
“They are not suitable accommodation for the residents and should only earn money with the weakest.
“Planning enforcement will continue to look for landlords who act in this illegal manner.”
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