Islington council finds 35 people living in one house in north London suburb

James Morris
Council housing officers found 35 people were living in one property in Highbury: Islington Council

Two private landlords have been convicted of managing houses in dangerous and sub-standard conditions after a north London council found 35 people living in one "appalling" house.

Islington Council officers found the tenants living in four “sub-standard” two-bedroom flats in the semi-detached Victorian property in Grosvenor Avenue, Highbury.

Up to six people were sleeping in each bedroom, while the property, in a leafy suburb, had numerous fire safety hazards.

Neighbours, meanwhile, said “disturbances became so frequent and extreme we were fearful for the safety of our family”.

A district judge blasted the 'appalling' conditions in the Highbury property (Islington Council)

The two landlords – Arun Bajaj and Antonio Ferraivolo – were also renting out two flats in Finsbury Park. The council officers found they were overcrowded as well.

A district judge blasted the overcrowding and “appalling” state of the properties as the pair were convicted at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.

Bajaj, of Birmingham, was found guilty of 15 management offences relating to the Finsbury Park flats.

Ferraivolo, from Finsbury Park, was found guilty of 35 management offences relating to the Highbury house and Finsbury Park flats.

They will be sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on a date to be confirmed.

Islington’s housing leader, Cllr Diarmaid Ward, said on Friday: “Many landlords do the right thing and look after their tenants, but landlords who put tenants at risk will be held to account by the council and by the courts.”