A Rogue landlord in Wembley has been jailed for claiming his tenants were illegal squatters.
Rehan Sheikh, of Manor Drive, was found guilty at Willesden Magistrates Court of illegally evicting six tenants from his property at Wembley Park Drive, he was was convicted of all offences and sentenced to four months imprisonment and ordered to pay costs of £9,000 and compensation totalling £11,000 to the evicted tenants.
Sheikh, who is the landlord and owns eight properties in the London Borough of Brent, was prosecuted by Brent Council for his unlawful eviction of six tenants, as well as for his failure to have a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licence and for the poor conditions in the house discovered by Brent enforcement officers during an unannounced visit in January 2016.
The court heard that, although Sheikh was receiving over £3,000 per month in rent, the property was in a state of disrepair with the front of the house being used to dump rubbish.
When tenants of the property started to complain to Sheikh about the condition of the property, and without warning the tenants, he fraudulently told the courts that the tenants were squatters and taht they were unknown to him, and issued a claim to evict them.
Sheikh obtained a possession order from the court and used it to evict the tenants, assaulting one of them in the process, a crime for which he was convicted in May 2016. He gave all the tenants – including one tenant with two young children – just two hours to move out, refusing requests to wait until children had returned from school.
Sheikh, who pleaded guilty to all charges, has since appealed the custodial sentence and been granted bail pending the appeal hearing.