The landlord charged £1000 a month for a room in a house with a rotten balcony and dangerous cooker.
Bewel Property Ltd along with Hu appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court earlier this month. Hu was individually charged and fined £5,000 for the unsafe balcony and live electrical cable. Bewel Property Ltd was also fined £50,000 for offenses committed at a three-storey property in Edenham Way, home to at least six tenants.
The property lacked a safe means of escape in the event of a fire and failure to supply gas and electrical certificates.
District Judge Roscoe said, ‘These are very serious (charges) and the excuses that have been given and the explanation is not satisfactory. You were endangering other people’s lives by having conditions that weren’t satisfactory.’
Westminster Councillor Antonio Cox echoed the Judges’ sentiments, saying, ‘Mr Hu endangered his tenants lives through a complete disregard for their health and wellbeing. His tenants paid rent to live in what amounted to a death trap.
This case should be a warning to rogue landlords that Westminster County Council will ensure they pay heavily through their pockets for housing people in poor conditions.’
In total, Hu and Bevel Property Ltd face £214,000 in fines and costs.