Confiscation Order sees London Landlord Lose Everything

06 October 2012 Categories: News

Confiscation Order sees London Landlord Lose Everything

London landlord, Salah Ali, of Wembley, has been served with the biggest fine ever recorded for breaching planning regulations and ignoring council notices regarding the property he illegally turned into 12 individual apartments in North London. Mr Ali was ordered to pay a fine of £4000 for the breach of planning regulations and over £35,000 in court costs. The real shock came though when the judge at Norwich Crown Court also ordered a confiscation order of £1.438m – bringing the total fine to nearly £1.5m.

Mr Ali was told he needed to pay the total amount within six months or face up to 10 years in jail. As an extra measure, the judge presiding over the case also granted a restraint order that prevents Mr Ali from disposing of his assets before his debts are paid.

Chris Walker, assistant director of planning for Brent Council commented, “This landlord ignored planning rules designed to ensure that the quality of accommodation in the borough is maintained and that the environment for surrounding residents is protected. He ignored the council’s notices, and as a result he profited hugely from this sub-standard accommodation.”

The confiscation figure was based on the amount of rent that Mr Ali is believed to have collected from the residents of the property since it was illegally converted into apartments.