Officers raid converted semi and find 35 men living inside

A dawn raid on a home in a suburban street discovered thirty-five men bedding down on mattresses in every room except the bathrooms.

Brent enforcement officers and police entered the converted three-bedroom semi-detached house in Winchester Avenue, Queensbury, shortly before 6am yesterday morning after neighbours complained about overcrowding, anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.

Eight men were found sleeping in one of the rooms that was decked wall to wall with mattresses. Even the kitchen contained a sleeping area, while another mattress was found laid out under a canopy in the back garden with no protection against the night temperatures.

A dawn raid on a home in a suburban street discovered thirty-five men bedding down on mattresses in every room except the bathrooms.

Brent enforcement officers and police entered the converted three-bedroom semi-detached house in Winchester Avenue, Queensbury, shortly before 6am yesterday morning after neighbours complained about overcrowding, anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping - writes brent council.

Eight men were found sleeping in one of the rooms that was decked wall to wall with mattresses. Even the kitchen contained a sleeping area, while another mattress was found laid out under a canopy in the back garden with no protection against the night temperatures.

An investigation is under way to track down the landlord of the unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

Cllr Harbi Farah, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "Rogue landlords make their money by exploiting people who can least afford it - it's a shameful practice and this is an especially shocking example. Any landlord treating their tenants unfairly should be in notice - we're coming for you."

Last week, Brent Council voted in new civil penalty measures to fine rogue landlords up to £30,000 for housing law breaches, such as renting out unlicensed properties.

If you are a Brent landlord who lets out shared accommodation, you can apply for a licence online at www.brent.gov.uk/prslicensing

If you suspect that someone is renting out an unlicensed property in Brent, please report them anonymously at www.brent.gov.uk/reportaproperty

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