28 people found crammed into house – including a two month old baby

Recent raid uncovered an overcrowded property in Harrow where the backyard was fly-tipped and infested with rats. A family of five with a two month old were also found squashed in a small room.

Enforcement officers from Harrow were horrified when they found up to 28 people, included a two month old baby crammed into a four bedroom property in Mollison Way, Edgware - sharing only just one bathroom. An early morning raid uncovered the unlicensed HMO in dreadful conditions including a fly-tipped and rat infested backyard, as well as a family of five living in a small room. 

They were tipped off by a complaint of overcrowding above a commercial property where officers found tenants living in appalling conditions. With damp and dirt everywhere, every room - including the common room – was filled with numerous beds and bunkbeds. The property didn’t even have any working smoke detectors. 

Cllr Graham Henson, cabinet member for environment said:

“Can you imagine being crammed into a house with more than twenty people? What a horrible way to live. And how the landlord did not know about this is shocking. It’s unsafe, unsanitary and exploits people who really want a decent place to live. 

“As it’s the landlord’s responsibility to check on their property, we will be forcing him to make repairs, deal with the overcrowding and get it licenced or face a big fine. Our licensing scheme is there to ensure incidents like this don’t happen. We’ll continue to carry out raids and seek to prosecute anyone found flouting the rules and operating illegally.”