You could have bought a new house for that! “Bungalow bungler” ordered to pay a massive £370k for illegal extension

Rogue landlord

A rogue landlord who illegally converted his bungalow into eight flats and ignored five planning notices must pay £371,250.

A rogue landlord who thought he could build whatever he liked, defy all warnings and keep tenants in substandard flats has been brought to justice – with a massive £370,000 to pay for his wrongdoings.

Yunus Oomerjee, 56, from Slough, illegally extended and converted his bungalow on Eastcote Lane into seven shoddily-built dwellings with a studio. The flats were poorly constructed without building regulation, fire safety or electrical checks. Oomerjee also made a mess of his defence in court – as he feigned ignorance of the notices, then contradicted his own evidence.

Cllr Graham Henson, Leader of Harrow Council said:

“Planning is not a pushover - and we’ve now given this bungalow bungler a very, very expensive lesson. This is not just a victory for Harrow Council – it’s a victory for Mr Oomerjee’s long-suffering neighbours along Eastcote Lane and for all decent landlords in Harrow who obey the law.”

At Willesden Magistrates Court on 4 May 2018, he was ordered to pay £355,000 in confiscation proceedings. He was found guilty at Harrow Crown Court last year for failing to comply and breaching all five enforcement notices. He was fined £1,250 and £15,000 for costs. The confiscation order was given to recover the money he made as a result of failing to comply with the council’s enforcement notices.