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Dawn raid in Kingsbury finds more than 20 men crammed in ‘slum-like’ three-bed property

PUBLISHED: 17:19 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:19 28 September 2018

Police raid three-bedroom house in Kingsbury. Picture: Brent Council

Police raid three-bedroom house in Kingsbury. Picture: Brent Council

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More than 20 men were found crammed into a three-bedroom property during a dawn raid in Kingsbury.

A bed space in an illegally converted three-bedroom house in Kingsbury. Picture: Brent CouncilA bed space in an illegally converted three-bedroom house in Kingsbury. Picture: Brent Council

Police raided the semi-detached house in Princes Avenue yesterday morning with officers from Brent’s enforcement team.

Double and single mattresses jammed up against the doors made it difficult for police to gain easy access throughout the house.

The illegal house of multiple occupations (HMO) also had faulty smoke alarms, poor ventilation, insanitary conditions, 26 bed spaces and fire hazards.

Every room, except the gangway kitchen and the bathroom, contained bed spaces, including a tiny, windowless, illegally converted loft space.

Officers found 26 bed spaces in an illegally converted three-bedroom house in Kingsbury. Picture: Brent CouncilOfficers found 26 bed spaces in an illegally converted three-bedroom house in Kingsbury. Picture: Brent Council

The tenants living there told officers they were paying between £30 and £50 a week.

An investigation is under way to locate the landlord or letting agent.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said: “We have a zero tolerance policy against landlords who exploit tenants by housing them in slum-like conditions.

“No tenant in Brent should believe that they are powerless against a landlord who takes their money in exchange for squalor.

“We are here to help tenants fight back against rogue landlords by taking them to court.”

From October 1, all properties rented out to five or more people who are not all related will require a licence.

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