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Council prosecution leads to hefty bill for landlord

News release: 17/8/18 - A woman who earned tens of thousands of pounds after converting an Uxbridge house into rental flats without planning permission has been ordered to pay more than £135,000, following a joint prosecution by Hillingdon Council's Trading Standards and Planning Enforcement teams.

Planning enforcement officers discovered that Nkennaya Oyidia Oke, aged 63, of Blossom Way, Uxbridge had turned a single occupancy house in Russet Close, Uxbridge into two self-contained flats, comprising a ground floor one-bedroom flat with a two-storey two-bedroom maisonette above. She had done so without applying for planning permission, and went on to let rooms to multiple unwitting tenants.

The council issued a planning enforcement notice requiring Oke to put the property back into a single house. However, she ignored the notice and carried on letting the flats.  

Appearing at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on 23 May 2017, Oke was tried and found guilty of breaching the enforcement notice. The council's Trading Standards team then stepped in to investigate the money she made by letting out the property.

Oke was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on 1 August 2018. The judge made a confiscation order of £118,173 - the amount Trading Standards could prove she had earned from renting the flats. She must pay the sum within three months or face going to jail for two years. She was also fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs in excess of £12,000.

Councillor Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: "Mrs Oke brazenly assumed she could continue renting out the flats despite being served with a planning enforcement notice requiring her to put the house back to how it was. We won't tolerate that sort of behaviour in Hillingdon and I'm pleased justice has been done. I hope this result serves as a warning that we're not afraid to go the extra mile to ensure people who operate outside the law don't profit from their crimes."

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