Proceeds of Crime Act used against criminal landlord.

Published on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 16:25

Brent Council have become the first to use the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) against a criminal landlord.

Harrow Crown Court heard how a property was rented for cash over a five-year period by the tenants who resided in filthy and dangerous living conditions.

The Court heard how tenants were made to sleep in bunk beds, which blocked all fire exits, leaving the Recorder  with little alternative but to order the POCA to recover criminal assets that the landlords obtained.

The landlords now face paying a confiscation order for financial benefit gained or saved as result of contraventions of the Management of HMO Regulations 2006 and breaches of licensing conditions that could amount to more than £360,000.