Look out below! Bathroom floor buckles during HMO raid which uncovers 18 people crammed into two bed property

HMO bunk beds

A severely overcrowded property has been prohibited from use where children were among those living amid mould & faulty electrics. The lying landlord ignored warning and pretended everything was fine.

Housing enforcement officers from Harrow Council had a lucky escape during their latest bust –when they raided a property in Wealdstone so dangerous that the bathroom floor almost collapsed beneath them.

Although the landlord claimed there were just two tenants – officers were greeted on arrival by a sea of mattresses and some roughly-assembled bunk beds made from planks. The unlicensed HMO is believed to have crammed together as many as 18 people – including children. It had no working smoke detectors, faulty electrics, and mould all over the property.

Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Council said:

“What kind of monster would profit from housing children in filthy and dangerous conditions like these? What if these faulty electrics caught fire? Or the rotten ceilings collapsed? It’s a nightmare that belongs in the Victorian era, not today.

“It keeps me awake at night, worrying about illegal HMOs like these and the criminals that rent them out. We will never, ever stop uncovering properties like these and punishing those responsible.”

Formal action will now be taken against the landlord for planning and housing offences and an emergency prohibition order will remain in place, preventing anyone from living there until the property has been made safe.