Landlord 'fined for housing redevelopments'

One landlord from Watford has been prosecuted for redeveloping three of his leasehold properties without permission, it has been reported.

According to the Watford Observer, Pervez Acktar pleaded guilty to the charges of unauthorised change of use after he ignored enforcement notices and breached planning laws.

"People who pay rent have the right to expect decent conditions in which to live - the flats that Mr Acktar created were tiny and uninhabitable," explained mayor Dorothy Thornhill.

She added that there is plenty of property advice available to landlords in the local area, including forums and newsletters, but anyone found in breach of the law will not be tolerated.

Landlords planning on altering their properties in the area is urged to get in touch with the local council and pursue the proper avenues to have their application considered.

The Association of Residential Letting Agents recently emphasised that landlords will be encouraged to make their properties more energy efficient under the government's Green Deal.

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Published on: February 10, 2011

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